At its December meeting the Board was delighted to greet informally Shari Halliday-Quan, the seminarian who will serve this congregation as an Intern Minister starting in September. Shari was in town visiting friends before going to Los Angeles to spend Christmas with her family, something she said she won’t be able to do again for the next 40 years if her ministry unfolds as she currently plans!
The Board will be charging an Intern Committee soon to identify housing and work with her throughout her time with us. Please let me know if you’re interested in helping with the intern ministry committee. And, for a biographical sketch of Shari check out the staff page of the First Congregation of Brooklyn where she is Youth Ministry Coordinator.
The Committee on Ministry (CoM) met jointly with Trustees in December. Chair Jonah Berquist lead a discussion of the CoM’s report to the Board which highlighted the group’s focus on the evaluating the health of the overall ministry of the Society and monitoring our community’s progress toward the goals of the Developmental Ministry. The CoM and the Board agreed to have a dialog at least quarterly to confer on status of the Developmental Ministry goals and, if appropriate, update and modify goals to match the needs of the congregation.
The Board generally is focused on planning. We have a Saturday workshop conducted by the Unitarian Universalist Association Pacific Western Regional staff in January to begin the process of helping the Congregation update its vision, mission, and strategic planning. Then in March the Board will attend a Board development workshop, also facilitated by the UUA-PWR, to improve our own operations.
We are helping the Senior Minister explore disaster preparedness (and invite you to contact Rev. Southern or me if you have disaster preparedness skills or experience). We are also monitoring pledges and over all finances.
I appreciate being told by the UUA that we are again an Honor Congregation, recognizing that we have contributed our fair share to the operations of the denomination and regional staffs. The UUA has been very helpful to our community by matching us up with Rev. Southern as our Minister and by providing ongoing support and training for our leaders. I am gratified that UUSF has been able to contribute appropriately for the denomination’s ongoing work.
We are able to contribute to the denomination and the support liberal religion because you and other members and friends pledge and give generously to our community. So, I close with Thank You! And Happy New Year!