I want to let you know that I have made the decision to welcome the unexpected guest of change into my life by accepting a full-time position as the Director of Lifespan Religious Education at the Mount Diablo UU Congregation in Walnut Creek, CA, beginning in August. While this specific change was not on my radar six months ago, I have known for quite some time that I ultimately wanted to work with a single congregation in a full-time position. This opportunity also allows me to move my family down to Northern California, something I’ve wished to do for a while, as we have extended family there.
I have loved my time working with the Tahoma UU Congregation. As a community, I have found you to be generous, honest, thoughtful, and truly engaged. The RE program benefits from an extraordinary RE Committee, who have been true colleagues in the work of supporting our children, youth, and families. In what will most likely be a brief transition, know that they will continue to hold the RE program to a course we are structuring now for the upcoming year. Indeed, from now through June I’ll be working with the RE Committee to set up the program in a way that it is easy for the next person to hit the ground running.
As I get ready to part from you, this poem comes to mind:
even the most longed for,
have their melancholy,
for what we leave behind us
is a part of ourselves;
we must die to one life
before we can enter into another.
– Anatole France
I will deeply miss the TUUC community; the incredible staff, the RE Committee, all the funny and profound children and youth, the parents, and all the others who make this such a dynamic congregation.