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posted May 5, 2014, 1:19 PM by Greg Ward   [ updated Jul 11, 2016, 9:26 PM ]
I have greatly appreciated the time and attention I received from Rev Greg.  He made time for me during his busy first week to meet with me during a significantly difficult time in my personal life. He also followed up with me by phone on several occasions after my surgery and ensuing hiatus from church attendance.  I have been a member of BRUU since Rev Kathleen was here and this is the first time that a minister has been so attentive to me or my family.  

I have also appreciated the topics of conversation introduced by Greg.  I often found myself taking notes and using the material in my psychotherapy practice.  I found that we had similar viewpoints and shared many of the same authors.  I would imagine that this was not everyone's cup of tea, but I appreciated a change of pace and the introduction of these new ideas (new to BRUU anyway).  

He also brought many different styles of doing things.  While, I heard many many complaints about such changes I never really understood what the big complaint was.  We all knew that his stay was temporary so why the changes caused such a big impact for people was somewhat baffling to me.  We pride ourselves on having an open-mind, but it seems that when it comes to us - that same open-mindedness is not called into play.  I also heard people talk about how if things didn't go back to how they wanted them to be - they would essentially "take their ball home and not play anymore."  Sentiments these same folks would shake their head about when referring to Congress, but unable to see how they were behaving in the same way.

For me, Rev Greg's stay highlighted the many "faults" of BRUU.  Disappointing to say the least, but also necessary.  Did I like everything he did in terms of changes to the worship experience? No, but so what? No one does.  And I frankly, don't expect that.  But he did bring caring and compassion.  Kindness and listening.  Confirmation to what I could see about BRUU.