Dear UUCF Community,

With a heart full of love and appreciation for you all, I write to share some important news. After 6 wonderful years with UUCF, I have decided to accept the invitation of the Williamsburg (VA) Unitarian Universalists to become their ministerial candidate. This means that, if things go as we expect, I will become the settled minister with the Williamsburg UUs in August. And, sadly, this also means I will be leaving UUCF.

This is not a decision I have made lightly. I will miss you all more than words can express. And yet, I know it is the right time for me to spread my wings and take up a new challenge. Over the last few years, you have been my teachers as we have laughed, cried, learned and served together. Gradually, inspired by the rich and deep work we’ve done together, I have felt a call growing within me to stretch into a fuller leadership role and offer my gifts to our Unitarian Universalist faith in a new way. I want you to hear how deeply I care about you all, and how much our time together will continue to inspire me as I move into this new chapter of ministry. And I know you will be fine! I look forward to following you from a distance as the partnership you have formed with Rev. David Miller leads you forward in exciting and beautiful ways.

I also want to express my deepest thanks to Rev. David and every single member of our staff and leadership team for their ongoing support and collaborative spirit. I couldn’t have asked for a better team – you all are magnificent, and whoever comes after me will be lucky indeed to serve with you all.

Rev. David will be in touch on Monday to share some news about what’s next for the ministry team at UUCF. Meanwhile, I’m glad that we don’t have to say goodbye right away! My last Sunday at UUCF will be Jun. 18, and I look forward to many conversations and hugs before then. I’ll be in Williamsburg for the official “candidating week” May 21-28, but otherwise I’ll be at UUCF on Sundays and clearing the decks of my schedule to make lots of time for goodbyes. Let’s make the most of this precious time together.

With love and faith,
Rev. Laura