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Youth RE News
Dear UU La Crosse Members & Friends,
At a recent Board retreat, Rev. Leslie led us in reflecting on the before, during, and after of the pandemic. Along with considering what to take with us and what to leave behind as we inch toward “after”, we talked about collective trauma, common trauma responses, and how humans heal from trauma. What stood out for me was one common trauma response: the feeling that whatever one is doing is not quite enough or that one must do it all. Our leaders are grappling with many challenges: what does it look like to return to in-person gatherings with equity for those who are not yet able to join us, how safe is “safe enough” for in-person, and how to nurture and sustain our leadership base among Teams and Board. One thing stood out from me in the discussion of how to heal from trauma: the way back home is with each other. In relationship, we learn what we can trust again, we tell our stories and remember, and we recreate our identities and hopes. Together is the way forward, and it is the antidote to one variety of trauma response – expecting oneself, one person, or one group to have all of the answers. Note that you too can participate in this retreat – look in our newsletter for links to the registration for Bridges to the Future.
One issue the Board has been working with over the past year is how to support better communication among teams and staff and ease of daily operations. We face a shrinking volunteer leadership pool for Board and Team work and burnout is common. In looking at our staffing, we currently have staff positions for 4, 5, 5, 6 and 20 hours per week in our budget for our Connections Coordinators, Office Administrator, Tech Coordinator, and Nursery Coordinator. Added together, these positions make a full-time position. In March, our Board came to the difficult decision that we can better support our work with one full-time person rather than five part-time positions. One person can be the center of communications and knowledge, attend meetings, and be the “hub of the wheel” for our operations. In combining these hours into one person, we will lose some capacities – we’ll have to rethink how we manage technology for Sunday Services and how we leverage volunteers. We’ll still have paid staff for direct care in our nursery and perhaps some paid staff to help us bridge our technology needs, but the coordination of all of those activities will be centrally located. This also consolidates the number of hours that the Board and Staff must spend in supervisory and staff meetings, allowing for less confusion or duplication of efforts. On Monday, I informed Donna, Emmy, Giorgia, and Jen of this proposed change and the coming elimination of their positions and I shared this information with other staff and the leaders of our teams. We have all seen the impact of the skill and care that these four staff have given our fellowship. We have developed deep relationships with these staff; they are part of who we are as UU. We certainly will have lost opportunities and some confusion as this change is made. We hope to post the new position next week and current staff are invited to apply. Each of these staff have generously offered to stay on as needed during the transition for training and coverage.
As you think about this change, please know that you can contact email@example.com to share your feelings and concerns. I also invite you to reach out to these staff with your care and love. The Board will host a listening session on Monday, March 29th at 7 pm via Zoom – this is a time when you can ask questions and share your feelings in community. The Board is charged with studying over time the issues that affect our fellowship and making good faith decisions about what we believe is best for the fellowship. While this process is not conducive to large-group decision making, it is important for us to hear from you and for us to have ways to share out what we are able to share about this decision. It is always best to hear first-hand information rather than to have rumors or misinformation circulating. The way back home is together.
Marilyn Huckenpoehler, UU La Crosse Board President
Announcement from the Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee, of UU La Crosse Fellowship, is accepting nominations from the congregation for the 2021-2022 Board of Trustees and the Nominating Committee. The slate of candidates is presented at the May 2, 2021 Annual Meeting.
All who wish to serve on the Board of Trustees or the Nominating Committee are encouraged to submit a Nomination Form. The working board is composed of creative, committed, and diverse fellowship members working to support its mission and vision into the future. You are welcome to nominate yourself or someone else.
You may also nominate a person by voice at the Annual Meeting on May 2nd. It is advised that you discuss such intentions with the nominee to assure their willingness to serve. We would encourage you to utilize the nomination form as indicated above.
Book Group Seeks Leader
The UU Book Group is seeking a leader/organizer. Duties include keeping members informed about meeting dates and setting up Zoom meetings. The group can be organized in many different ways. To discuss how the group might operate, contact me, Jan Jolly, at firstname.lastname@example.org
This Month’s Special Collection
Setup Bill Pay for Pledge Payments or Pay Online
Do you sometimes forget to make your pledge payment each month? Have you ever considered setting it up as an automated payment through your bank or credit union? It’s easy for you, easy for UU. If you have online access to your account, you can set it up in ‘Bill Pay’ as a recurring payment, and the check will be automatically sent to the UU office each month.
Caregiver is Here to Help
The caregiver can offer support to those in need by sending a card, making an announcement during Joys and Concerns, and/or publicizing your status and needs via the weekly emails. Let us know the level of care you desire. You may reach the caregiver at email@example.com or leave a message attn: caregiver at (608) 796-9993.
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Thanks to WKBT and WXOW for covering the ongoing projects in the La Crosse area fighting against systemic racism, involving UU La Crosse, SURJ and other area groups as a part of the 2020 Waking Up White Regional Community Learning Collaborative. Catch the articles below:
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