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posted Apr 23, 2014, 2:06 PM by Greg Ward   [ updated Jul 11, 2016, 9:26 PM ]
Greg is and has been a true gift to BRUU.

Our congregation like I suspect many others, often struggles with living out all of the UU principles or has given up and just ignores some of them.  From a organic perspective, if we give up we might as well become the People’s Non-Denominational Church of Manassas.  I for one am invested in the 7 principles and use them as a touchstone for doing a consistent “values” check to see if my actions match with my principles.  Don’t always happen, but I’m working on it.

When Greg arrived he asked the tough questions and did so with love and caring - never losing sight of our mission - A Safe Community for Seeking and Service.  Although never implicitly stated, he seemed to incorporate the principles and our mission/mantra into his actions during the entire time he has been here.

I want to state again, asking the tough questions and doing it in a way that incorporates our values is a very tough job.  And Greg’s done it well.

As canvass chair I so appreciated his involvement in the committee/coordination process for the first time in the history of BRUU.  Additionally Greg has been a shining beacon that continues to allow BRUU to be a major player in the Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (V.O.I.C.E.) as we continue to deal with the impact on our community of the mortgage crisis and the fact that we have had so many citizens impacted by the predatory loan practices of Bank of America, GE Capital and JP Morgan Chase.  

I have no idea what the training preparation is for an interim UU minister, but it must include all of the things that Greg has done here to so help our community prepare for the next phase of our congregational life and our new minister.

I truly love this guy and I’m more than confident he will be a huge asset to any UU church seeking an interim minister.

I wish him well but also wish we could keep him - but life calls…