Being a large congregation with over 1200 people in our community circles, it can be difficult to get a pulse on how every individual person is doing, all the time. But just because it’s difficult doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing, especially in times like today.
When Governor Polis declared a state of emergency earlier this week, there were a lot of us still trying to decide – is this an emergency?
My first memory of Foothills is in late 2013, when as a visiting seminarian from St. Louis I was invited to help lead worship and workshops for a UU youth conference held at the church.
One highlights of my sabbatical was my participation in a series of conversations convened by the Colorado Trust. For the last ten years, the Trust has been working in rural communities across Northern Colorado, and is now interested in bringing their organizing and funding into Fort Collins.
Dear Foothills community, I’m taking a big, deep breath as I write these words. It’s a breath of eager anticipation and excitement to see you all – I’ve missed you! I can’t wait to see you.
On Monday, I removed Acting Senior Minister from my email signature line. It was just over 14 weeks ago that Rev. Gretchen, Foothills’ Senior Minister, stepped out into her time of sabbatical. And you will be hearing more from her about her time away in the weeks and months to come, but in this moment of transition, I wanted to share a few reflections.
You are a vibrant congregation, ready to sing, dance, find joy in the midst of pain, and commit to the work of justice. There is a love holding us, and that truth is palpable on Sunday morning and all throughout the week.
by Rev. Sean “Some of the walls were the same. The roof was the same. Important changes had been made, but the sense of continuity which a building often comes to represent was unbroken. The continuity is one of the structure, but also of far more than that. It is a continuity of people and […]
Just in case….our TL/DRs: From Gretchen: Sabbatical starts Monday. It’s a great chance for growth and learning for us all. I love you and I’ll see you in August! From Sean: Our staff is prepared for the sabbatical and your partnership will make this important investment in the vitality of our church’s professional ministry a success. Show Up […]
By now you probably know that Gretchen will be taking a sabbatical from from Monday, May 6th to Sunday, August 11th. Her last day on the pulpit was Sunday, April 21st. The practice of Sabbatical is long established in many religious traditions. It represents a “time away” for settled ministers and is seen as essential […]