First, let me begin by extending my gratitude to Piedmont UU and your support during and for my ordination into UU Ministry. I am now officially a reverend!!!
Second, as we welcome Rev. Dr. Amy Rio as our new lead minister, I want to assure you that I am not going anywhere. I will transition into an associate minister role. Minister of Education and Outreach, to help guide Piedmont UU as we redevelop our educational, spiritual, social justice, and membership programs. I am so very excited to work alongside Rev. Amy and to continue to be a part of the ministry team at Piedmont.
Third, as we move into the month of August, our theme is Ambiguity/Paradox. With the topic being so ambiguous, I decided to have more fun with my homilies than I usually do. As Unitarian Universalists, we can be fairly ambiguous at times in our lives when it comes to explaining our theology. I hope our services in August help expand our thoughts on not only our theology, but also in our welcoming, with the ways we show our love, and with the gifts we offer our community. Because those things are not ambiguous, we wear them on our sleeves for all to see and be a witness to.
And lastly, as promised, leadership is making a concerted effort to reach out to ALL of our members during the month of August. This will be by phone and we will not be asking you for a pledge (not yet anyways!), we genuinely wish to connect with those we haven’t seen since the beginning of the pandemic. We want to ensure that you and your families are well. This check in is long overdue and we hope to reconnect with each and every one of you. You might hear from Rev. Amy, myself (Rev. Shakeisha), a member of the Board of Trustees, or another committee or team lead. We can’t wait to talk with you all!
Peace and blessings,
Rev. Shakeisha (feels nice to sign-off like that!)
P.S. Please stay hydrated friends, it’s been overwhelming hot outside!