Reverend Kathy Rickey
Reverend Kathy is available by appointment on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Thursdays, she will be available 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., except the third Thursday of the month. Friday will be Reverend Kathy’s sermon-writing day, and Tuesday will be her day off. Reverend Kathy's email: email@example.com
A NOTE FROM OUR MINISTER: A Good Problem to Have
Folks, we are growing as a congregation! We now have 135 members, meaning our effective membership (including pledging and regularly attending friends) is around 150! Our average worship attendance has been holding steady at 90. This is good news but it also presents a problem with the order of our worship service. In light of our robust worship attendance – a good problem to have – we need to make a few changes to the way we do things on Sunday morning.
First are announcements. All Sunday morning announcements should be submitted in writing to the Service Leader well before the service begins. Any announcement already printed in the insert of the bulletin should not be repeated from the pulpit. Announcements from the floor on Sunday morning should be rare and arranged prior to the service with the Service Leader or me. Our congregation is a lively one with lots of activities of which there are too many to name on a Sunday morning. Keep in mind that people can take in only so much auditory information and that announcements take time away from the sacred space of the worship service.
Second, there will no longer be a microphone for sharing of Joys and Concerns. Beginning with the first Sunday in September, any joys and concerns you wish to share with the congregation should be submitted in writing on a special card which will be provided for you to fill out before the service begins. Joys and Concerns cards then will be read from the pulpit by the service leader or me. After reading the cards aloud, there will follow a prayer, a period of silence for meditation, and musical interlude.
I know that verbally sharing Joys and Concerns is important to many of you. However, the time it takes for all to share from the microphone rivals the time it takes to deliver the sermon. This is partly due to the number of you who wish to share – again, a good problem to have in terms of our growth! However, it’s no longer practical in terms of managing the time of the service.
Another aspect of verbal Joys and Concerns is hospitality. Joys and Concerns the way we have been doing them is not welcoming because often when we share, we assume people in the congregation know us well and always know what we’re talking about. However, for persons visiting for the first time, this is not the case. We have first-time visitors and other guests almost every Sunday! So, let us be gracious hosts and do Joys and Concerns in a way that is welcoming and time-conscientious.
I sincerely appreciate your cooperation with these changes. That said, I know institutional change can be difficult. If you have questions or concerns about the foregoing changes to Sunday morning, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also make an appointment with me.
Yours in faith,
Following the 1968 UUA General Assembly most African-Americans left our congregations over what became known as the Empowerment Controversy. For a summary of these events, I encourage you to read “Not Our Finest Hour.” Rev. Kathy Rickey