I am thinking of all of you. It is now three months into my term as UUA President, and it has been a time of repeated tragedies and traumas. These have included political traumas including the Transgender Military Ban and the rescinding of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. They have also included the devastating natural disasters of fires out West and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria that devastated parts of Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. And there have been the violent human tragedies of Charlottesville and now Las Vegas.
RVUUF’s first All-Committee Night for the new program year will take place this Thursday, Sept. 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. “under the balcony” at RVUUF.
Rev. Sean Parker Dennison’s first sermon with RVUUF as its new developmental minister will be on Sunday, Sept. 19. This coincides with the annual Water Communion, a Unitarian Universalist tradition.
Rev. Sean Parker Dennison
On Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 the RVUUF Board met and unanimously approved the Search Committee’s unanimous decision to hire Rev. Sean Parker Dennison
as RVUUF’s Developmental Minister.
Board president Jim Meckel announced the decision during the Sunday, Aug. 13 service, and Rev. Sean will observe office hours at RVUUF, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 12. Continue reading
RVUUF has received several inquiries from members asking if the Ministerial Discretionary Fund is being continued in the absence of an employed minister, and the answer is, “a resounding YES!”
This is my last Nan’s News.
I want to share with you the standard expectations when a minster leaves a congregation. In an effort to make room for and respect the incoming minister (even when you don’t yet know when/who that will be) and to bring closure with the outgoing minister, the request is for members of RVUUF to not have communication exchanges with me for a year. There will be continued communication between me and ministers who are interested in RVUUF. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.
I want to make sure you know what to do if/when a member dies or a hospital crises occurs. Chaplain Pandora Canton with Asante hospital in Ashland has agreed to be available if needed. Your Board President, Jim Meckel, will have her contact information. The RVUUF Caring Team would need to be contacted by emailing email@example.com. Contacting the neighborhood group leader would be helpful too.
Over the next couples of months your new Board will be working on creating a covenant that will help them become unified in the their leadership. I encourage you to continue to use the covenant of right relations as a standard of how you want to be together, especially in the near future when the search for a Developmental minister continues.
You’ve blessed my life. May you bless each other.
May it be so.
Rev. Nan L. White
RVUUF Developmental Minister (2014-2017)
Your generosity and gratitude expressed privately and collectively at the June 11 Sunday service touched Sam and me. We are grateful our paths crossed while in southern Oregon. Our memories and the meaning we gained will be with us for a long time. Thank you.
Rev. Nan L. White delivered this sermon on June 4, 2017.
In 2014 I was told by the search committee that what RVUUF was looking for in a minister was to help you move from an “I” church to a “We” church and to help you practice right relations and compassionate communication.
As I write this article for April, it’s the first day of spring and sunny outside. I feel a deep sense of gratitude for the earth and her turning seasons, especially the visible transformation from winter to spring. As long as the winter has remained with us this year, the reality of all the work done in the dark, underground, and out of our sight, is astounding to now see the colorful beauty that is bursting forth each day.