For those of you who do not know me, let me introduce myself. And for those of you who do know me from when I was your ministerial intern (September 2007 – June 2009), let me update you on where I have been and what I have been doing. After being ordained by both your congregation and my home congregation in Sudbury, I embarked on five years of interim ministry. I have served in that capacity at three widely diverse congregations. The experiences I have had serving (1) a large, primarily humanist congregation in Wayland, MA as their second minister, (2) a family-sized and struggling, theologically very diverse congregation in Glens Falls NY and (3) a small and energetic, somewhat traditional congregation in Hopedale, MA, have been invaluable in my evolution as a minister.
In addition to preaching regularly and providing spiritual leadership, each of these congregations needed me to focus on different aspects of ministry and congregational life. So, in a short time, I was able to involve myself deeply in areas such as membership growth, pastoral care to youth and families, outreach and increasing community awareness, stewardship and capital campaign efforts, staff supervision and religious education for all ages.
I had always intended to seek a settled ministry eventually, and when the Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society of Westborough became available I knew the time had come. As I told the Search Committee in one of our conversations, being your candidate feels like a wonderful combination of comfortable and familiar mixed with new and exciting. From exploring your congregational record and website to my experiences with your Search Committee to conversations with Rev. Mark Worth, I have been reminded again how vibrant, active, and caring your spiritual community is. It is such a privilege that your search committee has chosen me to journey with you into the future. It is clear that the momentum you have created is taking you in a great direction, and I am very excited about this potential to be a part of the next chapter in the life of UUCSW.