I am a life-long Unitarian Universalist. I have three children and five grandchildren. After a corporate business career and then many years outside the country working on business and community development in poor places, I have resettled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and now lives in the Lansing area along with Cassie.
I especially appreciate the very welcoming reception at the Boone UU Fellowship and enjoy being part of this caring community.
I have been a Unitarian Universalist since 1970 when I joined the church in Bloomington, Illinois. As our teaching profession took us to different communities, my family (Walter, Sandra, Andrea and Andrew) joined the church in Deerfield, IL, the fellowship in Berea KY and the church in Asheville, NC.
My goal as Boone Unitarian Universalist Fellowship president was to encourage a stronger sense of community with our members, friends, supporters and with others in the high country. We are already on the right track, thanks to our social action committee and our ministerial consultant Tommy Brown. Coming together for service projects would strengthen our commitment to our principles, help build a stronger sense of community within our fellowship and support each of us in our own spiritual growth.
I am especially gratified by the number of young families who have joined us in recent years. I watch with delight at the young people who participate in our services. I invite these families to make certain that we meet their needs and include their ideas in our programming. I hope we can create more intergenerational opportunities so that we can increase the appreciation of older and younger members for one another. We need to involve people of all ages in leadership positions. One of our tasks will be to identify how much ministerial consultation we need and how much we are willing to pay for. Please get in touch with us if you have suggestions about how BUUF can be of service. Please volunteer to serve on committees. Blessings to each of you!
BUUF makes a religious, spiritual and social difference in my life. It is a safe gathering place where I have friends and feel I belong. A favorite quote of mine is “Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world” by John Evelyn. What is the thread that binds us as board members? I believe it is our love and respect for this Fellowship. We hope to help and serve others and fulfill UU principles while working as a dynamic whole. This thread that binds us as members and friends and volunteers is composed of the same spool. One of the things that unites us as Unitarians in our Fellowship is our altruism. As individuals most of us give of ourselves to the community. We are very generous with our resources and time in numerous causes. I encourage you to get involved and help a committee, take on a board position, work on the building and grounds or sign up to bring refreshments. I hope what we are doing today will have a positive effect in the future. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it” by William Arthur Ward. Blessings and my deepest gratitude to each of you.