Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces.
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here.
Here comes the sun, and I say it’s alright.
So sings George Harrison on The Beatles’ beloved classic “Here Comes the Sun.” It has always one of my favorite Beatles songs and speaks of hope and a return to happier times. After what seems like a “long cold lonely winter”, life is returning back to “normal”. The summer solstice has passed, the days are longer, my herb garden is exploding with life, and the kids in my neighborhood are out playing. Summer is in full bloom. One of the greatest joys of this summer is the fact we can meet in person again. I didn’t realize how much I had missed everybody.
Of course, with the summer comes a new church year and a new Board President. When I walked into church back in 2012, never did I imagine I’d be sitting on the Board yet alone being President. I am always the person who sat in the back row and never came to social hour. I’m shocked that I’ve made it this far. I’m always a person who likes a challenge, and I’m excited to take on this role.
So, who am I? I’m a native of Christian County and I moved to Bowling Green when I was 15. I grew up in a close-knit family and before I became both pagan and a UU, I was raised. in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This denomination of open minded and open hearted faith was my introduction to social justice, what it truly means to love your neighbor, and being able to ask questions of my faith. My grandparents served the church I grew up in in several ways and I am proud to have their example of good church leadership. When I’m not at church, you’ll usually find me with a cup of tea and a good book. I adore music and I majored in history with a focus in public history. I also spend a lot of time with my family who are spread out between Kentucky, Tennessee, and Illinois.
I hope to follow my grandparents’ example and I know that I have the most supportive congregation having my back. I’m excited to work again with Wes Skinner, John Forman, Michele Steiner, Delaire Rowe, and I’m excited to have Sharon Crawford on board. I want to thank our past President, Richard Thornton, for the work he has done and guiding us in one of the church’s most difficult years. This past year has taught us who we are as a church and there were some growing pains along the way. While we don’t know what this church year will bring, I pray that it is one of hope. I hope for an exciting year ahead of us and I hope to serve this church to the best of my ability. In the words of the Eleventh Doctor from Doctor Who, “in my experience that there is, you know, surprisingly always hope.” Here’s to hope, to growth, and a new beginning. Here comes the sun, and I’d say it’s alright.