June Worship Theme: Mistakes
Join us on Sunday, June 14, at 10 am via webinar.
Worship this week will be lead by our former DRE Christina Branum-Martin. Beginning September 1 Christina will be the interim minister at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Clemson in South Carolina. She will complete her chaplaincy at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on August 31.
The new link for Sunday services is this: bit.ly/NWUUC
. Note that it has all caps for NWUUC instead of lower case.
The previous link expired and had to be replaced.
Dear NWUUC friends and family,
I have ultimately good news, but I should warn you that it may seem alarming at first. (It’s really okay!)
Some of you know that I have had health concerns for the past several months. After much testing and waiting (oh, so much waiting!) I was diagnosed with an intussusception in my small intestine. That means a small portion of my digestive tract is reverse-telescoping into itself. The reason(s) remain unclear.
Here’s the good news. On June 23rd, I will undergo surgery to repair the problem and to try to determine its underlying cause.
I am feeling so much relief! I’m sure many of you can relate to the truth that knowing what’s going on is a great reliever of anxiety, even if we don’t really like the answers. I trust my excellent medical team. I will be so glad to have this behind me so I can begin to focus my energy on healing.
I am well cared-for.
NWUUC is well cared-for.
The Care Corps, the Committee on Ministry, the Board of Trustees, and our staff have all stepped up so generously as I’ve struggled with pain and fatigue, waited for a surgery date, and prepared to share this news widely.
Of course, there is no “good” time to be ill. But I will confess to you that it has seemed like a bit much right now, of all times. Considering all the other events of our world, our nation, our state, and our congregation, it is hard to know how and when to share anything that might increase anxiety even one half a notch higher. I know. But the other bit of good news is how resilient you have proven yourself to be in this strange year, NWUUC.
I am honored and proud to serve you. Throughout my surgery and recovery, I plan to keep on serving you to the best of my ability, while recognizing that I cannot serve well unless I take time to heal well.
I know that you will all give me -and each other- the grace of the necessary healing time. And I do mean in ways that are much bigger than this treatable illness,
and will be more far-reaching in impact. We are so much stronger than we know, beloveds! I believe that about us. I believe in us. I believe in you.
I love you,