Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

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President’s Farewell 30June2015

Author Nadine Sapirman, Written Jun 30, 2015

Dear Friends,

Today, June 30, marks the end of my two years as President of the UUCSH Board of Trustees.  In many ways, it seems to have flown by. I’ve gotten great fulfillment and joy from serving in this role.

Looking back, there’s so much good that has happened—especially nurturing our collective relationship with our (not so new anymore) settled minister, Rev. Jennifer Kelleher. When I started as President, the congregation didn’t yet have an architect or builder for the accessibility renovation project. Now the project is complete, and awaiting final inspections. The list of congregational accomplishments is long, and we have much to be proud of!

I feel a profound sense of gratitude for the staff, leadership, members and friends at UUCSH that make our faith community the dynamic, action-oriented, faith home that we love.  Many people give liberally of their time and energy.  Those gifts pay dividends in terms of social justice actions, enriching faith development activities, a rich religious education program for children and youth, and much more.

Looking ahead, I’m excited for what the future holds for UUCSH.

  • Starting in July, there will be streamlined elected leadership, as approved by the congregation at last month’s annual congregational meeting.
  • Throughout the summer and the fall, we’ll be reviewing and affirming the congregation’s new statement of purpose, or mission.
  • There is momentum for stepping up our racial justice ministry.  It was fantastic to see 25 of our members at last week’s Interfaith Peace Vigil for the Charleston victims.
  • I’ve heard folks looking at improving paths to involvement and leadership at UUCSH.
  • Mr. B has proposed some innovative changes in religious education for next year to align more with attendance patterns we are seeing.

June’s worship theme at UUCSH was blessings. Among my many blessings is the ability to have served UUCSH as President of the Board of Trustees these last two years. I’ve deepened my personal connections in the congregation, learned new skills, and done work that was appreciated by many. I’m eager to see how our new President, Jen Kitchen, and new Vice-President, Jackie White, lead us as we affirm our core purpose and are guided by the congregation’s statement of mission. Please give them as much encouragement and assistance as you can.

Thanks to so many of you who supported me and responded positively to my calls to join various ministries over the years. It takes all of us doing our part to create the caring and vibrant congregation that is the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills.

With love and gratitude,
Nadine Kadell Sapirman
President, UUCSH

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