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Farewell & Good Luck, Dear Rev. David

From the Minister:

Dear Members and Friends of Beverly Unitarian Church,
With excitement for the future and sorrow at the transition, I write to share that I have been invited to be the candidate for Lead Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, Colorado.
This summer, I will step down as minister of Beverly Unitarian, and move out west. Teri will start a new chapter in her professional life and will pursue another degree and licensure so she can practice counseling in clinical settings in additional to congregational contexts.
I am so grateful for the four years we have spent together. You have shaped my understanding of what is possible in liberal religious community, and of what ministry is.
In our time together, I am so deeply proud of the work you have done as a congregation. You considered and committed to restoring Chicago’s only castle while keeping the firm, healthy conviction that the church is not just the building. You carried out the largest capital campaign in the history of the congregation, bigger even than purchasing the building 70 years ago. You’ve welcomed new members not just as names in the book, but into full belonging and participation and ownership of the church community. And you have moved through the last 15 months of pandemic with grace and hope and solidarity as a community. I have watched you do incredible, improbable, remarkable things as a community.
And in our time together there are also things not done: initiatives and possibilities we won’t get to do together. In any transition, there may be loss from what happened and from what never will be. But more important than any initiative or project is the connection and partnership with so many of you, the people of Beverly Unitarian Church. Thank you; I will miss you.
Even without this transition in minister, you’re beginning a new chapter in the life of the congregation. Repairs and preservation work on the building is finished. You’ll return, safely and deliberately, to in-person church in the months ahead. As they did in hiring me, the Board will appoint a thoughtful committee to seek out a new minister. Julia and I are in conversation with the Ministerial Fellowship Credentialing Committee and are hopeful that she will be able to complete her internship by serving at BUC again next year.
In our governance as Unitarian Universalists, and code of ethics for ministers, a departing minister makes space for the incoming minister. This summer I’ll step away from the life of the congregation—physically and virtually, and on social media. This separation lasts through the interim period and at least into a newly settled minister’s tenure: contact with the congregation or congregants would only be at the invitation of the current minister. This may be hard, but I ask you not to reach out, since I would have to decline any requests. I will miss you, but it is by stepping back that I can make room for you and your new minister to thrive together.
You have flourished by being the best of who you are. You have flourished by following your mission to grow your spirits and help heal the world—gathered in community and grounded at 103rd and Longwood. As sad as I am to leave, I am deeply and profoundly hopeful for the future of this congregation. I will always be rooting for your health and flourishing.

In hope,
Rev. David

Buddhist Meditation

Reverend Marcia Curtis is temporarily canceling the Sunday evening meditation until further notice. For more information please click redlotussangha.org.
We hope to resume the meditation and dharma talks in the next few weeks.

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