A Time Of Transitions
Finally, spring seems to have found a foothold in Toronto! With the arrival of the leaves on the trees, we mark what is becoming an annual tradition at First Unitarian: saying farewell to our current Intern Minister and welcoming the next person to fill the role. On June 9, we will say our formal goodbyes to Rodrigo Solano-Quesnel, as his internship comes to an end. (He will continue on for several weeks in July and August as this year’s Summer Minister, preaching regularly and providing pastoral care.) I am grateful for the many gifts Rod has shared with us this year: his wit and wisdom, the customs of his heritage, his humour and insight, and, of course, “Chantal, the Singing Saw.” I wish Rod every success as he moves deeper into the ministry to which he is called.
When we gather to celebrate Water Communion on September 8 (remember to collect water from some meaningful source this summer!), we will welcome Lynn Harrison, our 2013-14 Ministerial Intern. Lynn is just completing her second year of seminary at Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto. Lynn and her family have been members at the Neighbourhood Congregation for the past decade. Many of you will already be familiar with Lynn’s talents as a marvelous singer and song-writer. I hope you’ll welcome Lynn warmly when she arrives in August.
I also want to acknowledge another transition with this column. As you may know, this is the last edition of Horizons in its current form. As our publications move in new directions to better serve the congregation’s changing needs, I want to express my deep gratitude to Louise Ripley, Helen Iacovino, Dorene Jacobs and so many others before them who have sustained the congregation through their commitment to keeping us all so well informed. I’m delighted that Dorene will continue to contribute to our new efforts.
Finally, I will be away a bit longer than usual this summer, combining this year’s month of sabbatical time with a vacation with Bob and a trip to attend the UUA’s General Assembly in Kentucky (where Dallas will lead the choir). While I’m away, Rod and our Lay Pastors will be available to support you should a pastoral need arise.
Wishing you each a wonderful summer, filled with recreation, rest, and renewal.
In love and faith, Shawn