I got into Charlotte, NC yesterday afternoon for the 50th annual UUA General Assembly, which begins tomorrow evening. Before GA begins, however, there are "Ministry Days," and before Ministry Days this year there is Chapter Leader Training, which began yesterday evening and continued through the day today. As Heartland Chapter President, and still feeling my way around the job, it was a welcome opportunity to hear what other chapters were doing well and where we all were struggling -- mostly around membership questions, welcoming, and technology. It's become clear to me that something we need is a Chapter Connections/Technology officer in the Heartland. Luckily, I seem to have found someone for the job, and it's not me. Members of our chapter will not be surprised at the wonderful techie colleague who has indicated her willingness to step forward.
Don Southworth, the UUMA Director, started us off in worship today at Chapter Leader Training by talking about those moments when we feel really blessed to be able to do the work we do. It was a feeling echoed in our opening worship for Ministry Days when our Charlotte Colleagues reminded us how blessed we are in this work. And, yes, when we get together at this time of year we like to tell stories of how busy we were and how tired we are. But it's an amazing gift to get to do this work. And what a joy, really, to be together here with all these wonderful UUs engaged in the work of faith and love and justice.