...An Intentional Liberal Religious Community
At a special called meeting on April 30th, the UUCG board approved the recommendation of the Developmental Task Force (DFTF) to hire Rev. Ann Marie Alderman as our Developmental Minister for 2013-2014 to begin August 1st with anticipated ministry for 3 - 5 years with the possibility to be called as settled minister after that period. A native of Jacksonville, FL, Rev. Alderman has served three UU congregations for a total of 13 years. In Florida she was a Director of Religious Education and an Associate Minister. She served as the minister of congregations in Pennsylvania and in North Carolina. She received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University in Religion and the Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School. She brings broad career experience to her ministry, including training in Clinical Pastoral Education, Chaplaincy for five years at a medical center, managing a family business for 15 years and training as an automobile mechanic. Most recently Rev. Alderman was Minister of the UU Congregation of Greenville, NC for five years before moving to Charlotte at the end of last year to join her life partner, Rev. Robin Tanner. She is active in UU denominational affairs at the national and state level and was recently re-elected as director at large to the board of the Southeast Region.
Rev. Alderman comes highly recommended by leaders at the congregations where she has served who were consulted by the DFTF. She was commended for her spiritual leadership and inspirational preaching, outstanding organizational skills, knowledge of UUism and religious education for all ages, advanced pastoral care and training in crisis intervention, and her collaborative leadership style. She has actively led her congregations in multi-faith, multi-cultural and ecumenical social justice advocacy. The DFTF believes that Rev. Alderman’s skills and experience are an excellent match for UUCG’s Developmental Needs identified in the past year: Discern Identity, Deepen Right Relations, Strengthen Stewardship, and Clarify Membership.
An opportunity to meet and welcome Rev. Alderman is being arranged for the near future. I urge you to help her feel at home in our UUCG family and find opportunities to know her as a person. Rev. Alderman will report to the UUCG in August 2013.
Charlotte Hamlin, congregational president/member of the Developmental Focus Task Force.
April 30, 2013
The Sacred Side of Science: Religious Naturalism", with Rev. Michael Dowd: Friday, April 26th, 7pm - 8:45pm, Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro, 5603 Hilltop Rd (at Guilford College Road), Jamestown, NC 27282-9396 / 336 856-0330 / http://www.uugreensboro.org
Celebrate Earth Day with Us!
Sunday, April 21th at 7 p.m.
Come see and hear our third annual performance of Missa Gaia (Earth Mass) by Paul Winter. The choir of the UUCG and an instrumental ensemble, under the direction of our music director, Mark Freundt, will present this multimedia extravaganza (featuring the songs of wolves and whales) on Sunday, April 21st, at 7:00 p.m.
We will review how to make clear requests without making demands. Our objective is a relationship based on honesty and empathy. To prepare for this month's practice, think of an example of a request you would like to make of another person in your life and bring it with you.
Thanks to those among us who attended the Memorial Service for Nancy Grimes, mother of Jac Grimes that was held Saturday April 6 at the church.
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