A few weeks has passed since the moving send off ritual in my honor took place at the end of the Flower Communion worship service. The thoughtful- and humorous- parting gifts are situated in my home office/guest bedroom. I’m sure I will reflect on them from time to time, make use of both the traditional and “unorthodox” (read: googly-eyed) chalices, and perhaps even don the “NYY” knit cap when it’s cold- and no Red Sox fans are in sight…
I was particularly moved by the bouquet of carnations I received at the end of the ritual, imbued with the well wishes, thoughts, and feelings of UUCSH members and friends. It is those and so many other memories I will keep with me.
Thank you again to UUCSH and all the members, friends, staff, and leaders over these 11 years for all I’ve learned in both the successes and challenges we experienced together.
I’m sure we will cross paths in the Somerville/Somerset County/Middlesex Boro/Middlesex County areas over time. Please note I will be stepping back from UUCSH-related events, connections, and activities in both the physical and digital/social media realms so the congregation’s relationship with Sarah Ahrens as its new Director of Religious Exploration can reach the great heights I know it is capable of. My UUCSH DLFD related facebook and twitter will be shuttered, while I will be keeping a low profile on personal social media accounts.
Of all the values that UUCSH exemplifies, “hope” certainly stands out as a defining trait of its people- hope for a better community and world that is followed by action, hope that a small but mighty congregation can make an impact on a wider scale. So let me borrow a movie quote that ties into my New England roots, The Shawshank Redemption, “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies…” Having served UUCSH as its religious educator for 11 years, I am filled with an abundance of hope for what Unitarian Universalism can do for the world. Thank you!