From your Minister of Education and Outreach – June

From your Minister of Education and Outreach

From your Minister of Education and Outreach

Rev. Amy Brooks

Greetings Friends,

As I begin my last month with Piedmont UU Church, I want to say how grateful I am for the opportunity to serve with you.  I have enjoyed my time immensely and learned a lot. Here are a few of the things I have learned:

  1.    I really like teaching and leading small groups.
  2.    I am somewhat better at navigating Google docs.
  3.    The most important thing to do at the beginning of a new endeavor is to meet with all the participants. (I wish I had met with all the families in January!)
  4.    Our RE program needs the investment of the entire congregation.

So about that last one . . .  Take a moment and imagine Piedmont, its people and its programs, as they relate to you.  Now, where do you see the children and the RE program in that picture? Are they near the center, off to the side, or on the margins?

I am coming to believe that the most important purpose of our congregations is to raise the next generation of liberal religious leaders. Ten, twenty years from now, where will we be, what will we be doing, and who will be leading this congregation? Yes, our children literally are our future, and so we must nurture and sustain a vibrant, growing RE program.

I trust that we are making a new start in that direction, but a staff person is not going to be able to accomplish this without a lot of support.  I invite all of us to think about one thing each of us might do to bring our children closer to the center of the life of this community. I think we as a congregation would find a new sense of purpose and hope if our children were central to our vision and planning, and I dare us to be successful in building a community full of rich programming that nurtures and equips our children, the leaders of tomorrow.

I look forward to seeing what the future brings to Piedmont and offer you my best wishes and love for a bright, strong future.

Yours in faith and service,

Rev. Amy