|Dear BLUU Community:
I’m writing with some pretty amazing news that I want to share with all of you. I had the pleasure of being invited to serve as Summer Sabbatical Minister to the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu from July 1 to Aug. 31, a little over two months from now. This invitation came to me unexpectedly, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude, both for the congregation’s leadership for trusting in my ability to hold them during that time and for BLUU’s Organizing Collective Board of Directors for their beautiful support of me being in Hawaii for a half-time ministry opportunity. It is truly incredible that this is happening!
Please know that this DOES NOT mean that I am leaving you. It continues to give me abundant joy to serve as the Community Minister for Worship & Spiritual Care and as a member of the OCB. I was encouraged (nudged, really) by our Executive Director, Lena Katherine Gardner, to take some much-needed vacation time to support me in this endeavor, so I will be taking off the entire month of July from BLUU so I can settle in and acclimate to the role. (I usually take time off in July post-GA anyway, and we always take a month off from worship in July, so this is in keeping with our usual practice.) I will pick my BLUU responsibilities back up in August and resume my usual commitments and programming at that time. I expect to be back home on the last day of August/first day of September.
Keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I prepare to be away from home for an extended period of time. And, as always, thank you for your support.
I love you! I love us,