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First Things, September 2016

September 9, 2016
The Sunday after Labor Day is the start of the church year for Unitarian Universalist churches. We celebrate with an “Ingathering” service. It’s a chance to say, “welcome” to new folks, or “welcome back” to old folks, and a celebration of our special community.

This year, I’m one of the folks who needs a “welcome back.” Since May 1, I’ve been on sabbatical. I’ve been around, but not as much as usual.

There were several projects that I needed to stay involved in. The preschool still has some lingering issues. I worked on expanding the Urban Partners Los Angeles Board. I worked on the regional justice ministry called JUUsticeLA. I continued in my roles as the President of the local chapter of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association and on the Steering Committee of the Ministerial Formation Network. I attended the UUA General Assembly in June, and I chaired the internship committee for Sarah Caine.

I had some time off, too. Jim and I took a short trip to San Francisco in June, and a longer trip to Colorado and New Mexico in July and August. That was blissful. We hiked and attended the opera. And I made art all summer long, which is what I had intended to do with my sabbatical.

I also had some insights about the future of First Church. I’ll share my thoughts with our Board of Trustees and then with you all. I look forward to seeing where that conversation takes us.

As always, these are exciting times at First Church. I feel privileged to be your minister. It’s good to be back.

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