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posted Apr 25, 2016, 8:48 PM by Greg Ward   [ updated Apr 10, 2017, 6:30 PM ]

Overall, I think Greg did a masterful interim ministry. Of all the forms of ministry I know of, interim ministry is one of the most difficult. My sense of him is that he already understands most of what I will be writing here.  He knows himself well. So I am not likely to share any new astounding observations and interpretations.

Sermons: Story telling format with a moral message - unusual and excellent content and delivery.

Ceremonies: Weddings- creative, playful, funny, memorable, appropriate, cogent, unique to each occasion.

Administration: he appears to manage financial and administrative pressures well. Showed leadership at key times getting the congregation to be more self-aware of its own responsibilities. Created a sense of organization that has a good chance of producing meaningful programs. Attempted to get the Board to do its job better even though it did not know its job well. Encouraged the hesitant Board to take steps to update its Vision and review its ends/ goals.

Knowledge: I could see traces of Socrates, Plato, Hegel, Locke, other Enlightenment authors, Voltaire, Parker, Channing, Emerson, Ballou, and others in his sermons.

I believe UUCB was blessed by his presence. I wish him luck on his next venture.