It doesn’t really feel like August, does it? August usually means back to school shopping, finding out where you sit and how your classroom will be set up. Or if you’re not connected to school, August often means preparing for fall trips or projects. But this year…what does August mean?
Hello friends…I don’t know about you, but my heart sank with the news this evening. It was different than how it sank the last time they announced we’d be going all online. Because then, it was hard – OK, impossible – but it was temporary. But this time….the second time in 6 months we’ve gotten the news that our kids would be moving to all-online home-based learning experience – can you believe this crazy time we are living in?! This time, it was different.
If you aren’t connected personally with schools right now, it may not have seemed like a big and heavy week. But get a real check in with any local students, parents, teachers, staff or people who love any of these types and you’ll quickly get to the impossible question of what to do about school.
So many of our usual markers of time and the patterns that we have followed have been transformed or lost entirely in the pandemic. We have to be newly intentional in claiming a sense of time’s passing, and to honor the shifting of the seasons, the losses and the achievements both big and small.
I am already so amazed at the deeply connected community that the people of Foothills have built.
Over the next six Sundays we’ve invited Unitarian Universalist colleagues from all across the country to share their UU message of good news for today. Each of our colleagues responded to this invitation in their own way, locating hope in a different source, and yet still grounded in the living tradition of Unitarian Universalism.
Katie Watkins will start officially on July 27th, and between now and then will be beginning to learn more about our church and our systems. We will be setting up conversations with our finance and stewardship teams, as well as some open conversations so that you can get to know her as well.
We are so excited to announce that Tanner Linden will be joining our staff team as a part time Digital Marketing Manager beginning July 12th.
A couple months ago, when I needed to schedule a (virtual) gathering, it was easy. No one was going anywhere, and all the usual plans had been cancelled or postponed. But in the last few weeks, this has started to shift. Restrictions have lifted, and many of us are finding ways to get “away” for the summer, even if it isn’t quite what we’d originally planned. Once again we’re talking about doodle polls and “squeezing it in.”
We had wonderful turnout for our annual meeting this year; thank you to everyone who showed up and participated. If you missed it, you can find the slideshow here. We shared a LOT of information, and apologize for not having sufficient time for questions and comments. We have scheduled a Q&A session for Friday, June 26 from 11:30-1 in Zoom Room 5…