As I look back on the year 2012 for Unity of Santa Rosa, I see a year of transformation and challenges. We had to let go of our spiritual leader at the end of February and the Board of Trustees assumed the duties of church administration. The Board functioned with 5 members for 6 months and ended the year with 4 members. We hope to increase the number of Board members to 5 at the Annual Meeting on February 17, 2013. Kathy Hoare, our Treasurer, will be leaving the Board after 3 years of consistent, strong leadership.
This spiritual community has shown great generosity, compassion, dedication, resilience and loving relationships as we have negotiated this transition together. Our guest speakers continue to inspire and stimulate our spiritual growth and understanding. Our congregation and everyone who volunteers their time and talents to ensure the best possible experience for all who walk through our doors, deserves our utmost gratitude and praise. We would not exist without you.
The question remains, however, how do we move forward in 2013 to build our community and maintain the services and programs that contribute so much to our lives?
We celebrated the 37th anniversary of Unity of Santa Rosa in October and I’m looking forward to the 40th in 2015. Changes will be needed to let us continue on our path to serve. We do not have the luxury to draw from financial reserves. Spiritual leadership and administrative support will suffer in the long term as Board members suffer potential burn-out.
Unity minister, Eric Butterworth, tells a story that puts it all in perspective: A traveler in ancient Greece had lost his way and asked directions of a man by the roadside who turned out to be Socrates. “How can I reach Mt. Olympus?” he asked. Socrates is said to have replied. “Just make sure every step you take is in that direction.”
If our intention is to preserve and grow Unity of Santa Rosa, then every decision we make needs to reflect that goal.
I urge all of you to attend our Annual Meeting on Sunday, February, 17, 2013 at 12:30. Only members may vote but all are welcome to attend and give voice to your visions for our church. Important decisions will be made affecting the future path for Unity of Santa Rosa.
With loving blessings and abundant gratitude,
Sue Hicks, Board President