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Welcome to the new Church Program Year

Welcome to a new season and some changes in our congregation this year. We welcome Lara Korneychuk, our new Interim Music Coordinator for our Hillcrest campus and Chase Pado, our Interim Pianist/Organist. Lara will direct our Chalice and Youth choirs and work with our other choir directors (Tony Bianca, Lorelei Isidro-Garner, and Andrea Newall-Locket) to ensure our music ministry continues to thrive. Our worship theme this month is Brave, Honest Community. It’s a theme that speaks to the needs of our congregation right now – honest in who we are, what our needs, dreams, and resources are, and how we’re being called to serve in the greater San Diego region. Brave in engaging with the important work of a new strategic plan, grounded in our values and principles that will help shape our various conversations about the opportunities for our future. And all of this and more are only accomplished through Community. Remembering we are a community that cares, that dreams, that listens, that deliberates and acts is crucial in our work together. This theme calls us into deeper relationship as we engage in the Beloved Conversations program. Another change is going from three ministers to two – which means both Rev. Tania and I will preach at both campuses regularly, and we will both co-lead some services with lay leaders. We’ll also have some guests in our pulpits to expand and build on the diversity of voices on Sunday mornings. We’re excited about these changes. Another change this year: like many other churches, we won’t have an intern with us. Nationally, there was a very small pool of applicants, which means more opportunities for lay leaders to lead in a variety of ways. The Board and a Core Central team, will lead several forums regarding our various options for our future. Please pay attention to the Window and other announcements about these up-coming forums. We’ll also join with our UUA Regional staff for leadership development. This new program year will bring more opportunities for you to become more active and involved in the life and on-going programs of our congregation and live our mission into our daily lives. Join in!

Faithfully,

Rev. Kathleen Owens, Lead Minister

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