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The President's Perspective -- February 2014

Last Spring, when we knew that we were headed into a period of interim ministry, we asked you, the congregation, what areas we needed to focus on to prepare for settled ministry in two years. You asked us to address these five challenges: improving pastoral care, developing our vision, strengthening our congregational stewardship, promoting community through covenant, and building and facilitating open communication and trust.

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The President's Perspective -- January 2014

“And don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous.” – Rumi

A Florida winter is that time period where we are reminded in short bursts of colder air that not everything is green, sunny, and hot.  Normally it happens in January, with sometimes brief hints of it in December or February.  It changes much of how we do things – winter clothes come out to hang alongside shorts and flip-flops, those air conditioners try to switch gears to heat up houses, and languishing, unused fireplaces spring back to life.  It is a moment to reflect on how different life in Florida is compared to all those much colder, snow-covered places that have had more school snow days than they’ve had school so far this year.

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The President's Perspective -- November 2013

There is a change in the air. Outside, the nights are longer, the air is crisper, leaves are falling from trees to blanket the earth in a crunchy richness of color. At UUFG, there is a change in atmosphere, too. We are finding joy in being together, in welcoming each other again and again each Sunday as equally as we welcome first-time guests. We are re-energizing and reconnecting to each other, this congregation, and our greater UU faith.

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October 2013 -- Connection, Conversation, Commitment: Fall Stewardship Drive

We are a place of big ideas here -- a place where people come longing to connect to others and to make a change in their own lives and in the world.  We are a place that asks you to be welcoming to others; to be open to new perspectives and opportunities; to keep asking more of yourself and each other; and to be generous with your time, talents, and treasures.  Here, we allow ourselves to dream of the world we want to live in, and we work, day by day, to get a little closer to it.

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