With every new beginning, there is the discomfort that accompanies change. Throughout life, we come to make peace with this discomfort at whatever level we can manage because we understand the potential for great things. For every discomfort I have experienced since becoming your DRE, I’ve received twice as much care. Care in the form of those who approach me after Sunday service to introduce themselves and those who smile and wave as they pass my office door. Care that looks like emails sent with forgiving language like “I know you’re just getting settled in….” and “Please let me know if you need anything.” 2U has the reputation of having a small congregation of hugely amazing people and I have not been the least bit disappointed. So, to all of you, thank you for welcoming me into your loving family.
Remember that potential for great things I mentioned earlier? Well, over the past few weeks I’ve been going through the stuff downstairs and I can say with absolute certainty that we are bursting with potential! I am so excited to begin creating programming for our young UU’s and I’ve been listening to you. I’ve heard wonderful phrases that are music to a DRE’s ears!
• “I’m so excited! Maybe we could ______.”
• “How can I help?” and
• “I’d like to volunteer!”
Please take this quick survey (no pen necessary):
• Do you have a child between the ages 0 – 18?
• Have you volunteered with RE?
• Have you always wanted to volunteer with RE?
• Are you passionate about building a supportive and loving community for young people?
• Are you curious about RE and want to learn more?
• Are you curious about the new DRE and heard she was cool and want to hang out with her and talk about RE stuff and eat delicious snacks?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions then I would like to invite you to join me at the RE Chat that I’m hosting on Sunday, February 2nd at 11:45 a.m. I’m new to this community and it’s important that I create the opportunity to listen to what you want for the future of RE. I hope you’ll join me.
Ashleigh Fuson, Director of Religious Education