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A letter from Dr. Melissa

Dear Families and Lifespan Leaders of First UU San Diego.

Four years ago this summer I began my work with you as the Director of Children and Family Ministry. Since that time our work together has expanded with me serving as Director of Lifespan and Family Ministry. I am writing to let you know that I will be ending my time with you at the end of this summer. I have accepted the position of Minister of Word and Service at the Agape House Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry at San Diego State University. While leaving is never easy, this is an excellent opportunity for me and my family.

It has been a privilege to walk with you these last four years. You have continually impressed and inspired me with your dedication to building beloved community. Together we have asked tough questions and worked to build a foundation for new ways of doing faith formation for children and families. Together we have created programs to support and empower parents and guardians that are being lifted up as exemplars for other congregations. Together we have set a path for new ways of doing adult faith formation and spiritual growth. Together we have weathered changes in leadership in our young adult and campus ministry program only to come out with one of the most vibrant young adult groups in Unitarian Universalism.

As the ministry team transitions into the next phase under new staffing one of my greatest hopes for you is that you all understand that the good work we have done together is yours.

You are the ones who choose to show up—on Sundays, at social justice gatherings, online, and most importantly for each other. Through this showing up you have listened and created ways to move forward to create a just, vibrant, Unitarian Universalist community.

You are the ones who have decided building community, while difficult at times, is worth doing. You are the ones building the community in which you want to raise your children. You are the ones building community which challenges oppression and White Supremacy internally and externally. You are the ones who are building a community in which big questions of meaning and faith formation are engaged by all ages.

You are the ones who are ready to take risks and be creative to meet the changing needs of this community. Ready to rethink worship, religious education, and community itself.

My role in this has been a support role to the good work that YOU have been doing. As new staff enter in to continue to support you in this work my hope for you is that you will keep on as you have been doing being open to the change that our community needs.

Please watch the Window for invitations from Rev. Kathleen to continue the conversation about the needs you see and the ideas you have to re-create our community and its worship and programs to better serve our families. Your voice is important!

I will miss you all dearly. In keeping with the professional ethical code of Religious Educators I will be away from the church for at least a year in order to honor the transition that is necessary. I have big hopes and all the confidence in the world for this community of faith. I am forever grateful for the way you have opened your hearts and lives to me and to each other.

Myriad Blessings and deepest love,

Dr. Melissa

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