Minister’s Message from Jon, July 2016
Dear Members and Friends:
This will be a busy summer both for me and for UUC!
Our younger daughter, Julika, is getting married in July here in Seattle. I get to officiate the ceremony and be the father of the bride! Relatives and friends are coming to town for this event from all over the country and many are staying on after the Big Day to vacation in the Northwest. Annie and I are looking forward to all of these special times with them.
We will also welcome two new staff members this summer. Janine Larsen arrived on July 1. The Rev. Beth Chronister will arrive on August 22.
Janine will occupy a newly created staff position, the Director of Ministries. Working with our program staff, she will help them ground their programs in our mission and vision statements. She will help us explore how we might see all of our programs as arenas of ministry. And she will work with our Leadership Development Committee as they continue to expand their efforts to equip a larger pool of members prepared for leadership. I have had the distinct privilege of working with Janine for about a dozen years when she served as our District Executive, and for two summers when she was Dean and I a faculty member at the Regional Leadership School. She is clearly top rate! Working with many congregations and hundreds of ministers and lay leaders over these years, she brings valuable insight and unique experience to us at UUC. Please look for her article in this newsletter.
Our new assistant minister, the Rev. Beth Chronister, will drive out to Seattle from Denver in August. Many of you had the chance to meet her last March when she visited us. If not, you are in for a treat. Beth will work primarily with our pastoral care and social justice ministries. She will also participate in weekly worship and be available for weddings and memorial services. Our second minister position has been in transition over the last three years. The Rev. Matthew Cockrum was with us for two years, and most recently, our own Rev. Deborah Raible served is this capacity this last year. I am looking forward to welcoming Beth to UUC and I trust that we will teach each other alot. I feel honored to serve with her as my ministerial colleague.
And how good it is to welcome both of these new staff members as we enter a very exciting, occasionally scary, but important chapter in the life of our Beloved Community!
I will try to get a little rest before September – and I hope you likewise.
Rev. Jon M. Luopa