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The Minister's Musings -- September 2019

Now Our Future Can Begin!

The excitement of our new journey together and the beginning of the church year creates a lot of energy. I am hearing about so many new ideas from all of you that I just want to say I am listening, and I am excited as well. AND, it will take time … the Governing Board and I will be setting goals for the year and much of what you have shared will be discussed and included.

One of those goals will undoubtedly be around how we connect as a community. Joining a Touchstones small group is just one of the ways you can connect more deeply with others at the fellowship. As a reminder, Touchstones is a theme-based resource that supports and inspires UU congregations to help transform the world. It is just one source that can help us sustain an intentional, integrated, and holistic process of deepening our own understand of our place in the world. Small groups, or circles as they are often called, help us connect to others while we explore our own thoughts and feelings.

I believe that the best way to build the world we wish to see and live in, is to be an active participant. So as we edge into fall, be looking for church events that call you in. At the same time, be mindful of how you can support and serve others in the UUFG community during events that may not center your needs. Building beloved community is a commitment to the greater good.

There will be change, there will be compromise, and there can be spiritual growth. Let us strive to be intentionally present and supportive throughout the year and be led by our curious and loving hearts and minds.

Rev. Christe

Meet Our New Minister, Rev. Christe Lunsford!

On Sunday, March 5, the UUFG Congregation voted to call Rev. Christe Lunsford to serve as the Fellowship's new settled minister. Christe has accepted the call; their ministry will officially begin on August 1, 2019.

Christe Lunsford, Ministerial CandidateRev. Christe Lunsford is currently serving as Intern Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Rockford, Illinois. Christe holds a Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School as well as a Masters in Fine Arts for Theatrical Production and Design from Florida Atlantic University.

Rev. Christe is excited about joining the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville to celebrate the joys and sorrows in life in beloved community while seeking truth and meaning in the world.

Christe is dedicated to anti-racism and anti-oppression work. As a trans-masculine/non-binary person who uses they/them pronouns, Rev. Christe’s call toward parish ministry serves to lift up voices from the margins as a way of de-centering whiteness and demand the same of others. They work to create communities that are able to have deep conversations about difficult topics, ever-seeking what holds each of us back from creating the world in which we wish to live.

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