Seven years ago, my husband, Jayon, and I became members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bay County, amazed that there was a place where we could be ourselves, learn and grow, and work for a more just world, without judgement.  Three years after that, my daughter Bridget was born, and I saw how important having a children’s program, something beyond just babysitting, would become for this Fellowship.  So when the Board of Directors began to look for a Religious Exploration Coordinator, to develop programs for both the Adults and the Kids, I jumped on the opportunity.  Since then we’ve grown as more parents have discovered that we have what they want for their kids.

In 2003 I graduated from Duke Divinity School with a Master’s of Divinity with the intention of becoming a United Methodist Minister.  But by the time I graduated, I just didn’t fit with the United Methodist Church any more and I gave up that dream.  I met Jayon and “church” for us became having long and winding philosophical discussions about everything under the sun and in our imaginations.  In 2007, it became time for something more, time for community, and I discovered Unitarian Universalism, and knew immediately I was home.  Now I am currently an Aspirant to Certified Ministry in the Unitarian Universalist Association, and hope to become a UU Minister one day.  It’s a long process, and I’m currently filling in the gaps of my education through the Starr King School for the Ministry, one of two Unitarian Universalist seminaries.

It is amazing to watch this place grow.  Won’t you come be a part of it?