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Good Choice

posted Apr 11, 2017, 6:21 AM by Greg Ward
Dear UU friends,

I am so glad you chose Greg Ward to be your interim minister--you have chosen well.  Greg came to us at the UU Church of Vancouver (Washington) during a difficult time.  Not only had the minister resigned (after 20+ years of service), but there was a lot that was broken here.  People were not communicating well, problems were not being dealt with effectively, there was a lot of friction amongst some members, and it just wasn't a positive place to be.  Fixing all that was a very tall order, and, although I think our problems were so deep that a year wouldn't be enough time to fix everything, Greg has guided us on a path to better and more respectful communication and improved processes.  Greg is intelligent, engaging, well trained, an excellent leader, and one of the best speakers I have ever heard.  His sermons are thoughtful, deep, well crafted, and beautifully delivered.

We are now very excited about our new settled minister who will be arriving this summer, and that, coupled with a new positive energy and excitement about our future, has made our church a much better place to be.  The efforts we have made to improve communication (led in part by Greg) have made a world of difference--results are palpable.  There is an excitement here that I have not seen before.

Needless to say, I will miss Greg when he leaves us and goes to you.  Know that having him work his magic, your congregation is in good hands, and will be much better for having him with you.

I wish you all the best.