Announcing Family Ministry Transitions
With sadness as well as hearty congratulations and deep gratitude, we share the news that Melody Moberg will be leaving her position as UUC’s Director of Family Ministry at the end of June, 2022. Melody has served UUC since 2011 as part of our Religious Education staff, first as Children’s Program Coordinator, then Education Program Coordinator, then Director of Religious Education in 2015, and most recently as Director of Family Ministry. In this role, Melody worked with staff and volunteers to begin evolving the program to embrace a more dynamic, intergenerational emphasis on families, children, and youth.
In Melody’s own words:
This June, I am completing my six year Master of Divinity degree at Seattle University and will be completing my service at UUC, too. I plan to take sabbath time for rest and renewal, and then continue my journey toward Unitarian Universalist ministerial ordination. I expect to stay in the Seattle area.
It has been so meaningful to work at University Unitarian Church for the past ten years. I came to Seattle from the Midwest for this position because I wanted to work at a Unitarian Universalist church. It has been a privilege to work and grow among this congregation. I particularly loved working with children in Sprouts and Spirit Play who are now teenagers, and seeing the congregation through many transitions.
When I began, the congregation was busily working through implementation teams to make our strategic plan a reality. We’ve engaged ministerial searches, a capital campaign, meeting offsite at Meadowbrook Community Center, the dreaming, construction and opening of our new building, and the wild creativity needed to reimagine church during a pandemic. This has been a period of immense growth and change for all of us.
I am excited for my next steps, but I will miss UUC and the wonderful people here, especially the children and youth.
It is also with great pleasure that we announce that Aria Curtis, our current Family Ministry Coordinator, will become UUC’s next Director of Family Ministry beginning July 1, 2022. It became clear immediately to our screening and interview teams that Aria is a brilliantly gifted religious educator and is exactly the right choice for UUC at this time. In addition to her experience at UUC, Aria was previously Director of Children & Family Ministry at the UU Church of Spokane. In 2020, she completed requirements for UUA recognition as a Credentialed Religious Educator. We are delighted that Aria will guide UUC’s Family Ministry programs into the future.
It has been a joy to begin to get to know the UUC community over the last several years: the wonder and curiosity sparked in our religious education classes, the playful sense of humor at summer camp, the rich reflection by parents, and the thoughtful commitment of volunteers. These are just some of the things I have felt inspired by and moved to witness at UUC.
I am honored to step into the role of Director of Family Ministry. Starting with Chalice Camp this summer and then looking toward the fall, I feel a great sense of possibility about the road ahead. I look forward to continuing to do this work of awakening spirit, nurturing hope, and inspiring action together.
The UUC Community is invited to celebrate Melody’s service to UUC at a Bon Voyage party between worship services on Sunday, May 22, featuring coffee, juice, and special treats. Melody would treasure cards with your memories and best wishes. Please join us on UUC’s Lower Plaza from about 10:30–11:00 a.m.
There will be an opportunity in the fall to welcome Aria as Director of Family Ministry. Watch for more information in the coming months.