President's Letter

Dec 5, 2016

Recently, I was asked the questions, “What does the Board do? What is the purpose of the Board?" In answer to these questions, the primary responsibilities of the Board are to: Set policy Recommend a budget to the congregation Be accountable for... Read More

Oct 31, 2016

Given the many changes that have occurred over the past few years, the Board decided it was important to take a look at our mission statement and redraft it if necessary. What is a mission statement? It is a brief, powerful statement that answers... Read More

Oct 8, 2016

I had the privilege of attending the Midwest Leadership School in Beloit, for a week in July. The purpose of the school is to develop lay leadership in UU congregations. There were 30 participants in the group from Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana... Read More

Sep 2, 2016

The President’s Letter authored by Laures Young will resume next month.

Jun 4, 2016

I want to thank past president Lisa Monson-Hokenson for her leadership the past three years. A lot was accomplished under her leadership and we are now well positioned for future growth and capitalizing on the assets of having a full time minister.... Read More

Apr 30, 2016

This is my last newsletter article as the President of the Board of Trustees, and I would like to take a moment to thank you for the opportunity to serve and for all of your help these past 3 years. There have been/are so many transitions happening... Read More

Apr 10, 2016

My adult daughter, Karen, has occasionally commented: "Sometimes being a grown up sucks."*** This has usually been proceeded by a hefty car bill, an upcoming school loan payment, or trying to put a little ("very little!" she laments) aside for... Read More

Mar 8, 2016

This month I will be concluding my series on folks that I think exemplify our Vision at MSUS. For me, it has been a lovely exercise in thinking about all the ways I see great things happening, and I hope it has given you a moment of reflection as... Read More

Jan 31, 2016

As I continue holding up individuals from the congregation I think represent ways of living into our Vision, I want to include a side note that there are MANY folks that I could be using as examples! Do not be lulled into thinking that I am unaware... Read More

Jan 1, 2016

Greetings to all! As you may recall from last month, I am sharing ways that I see our vision being lived out in our congregation. I am still looking at the line: COMMITTED agents of compassion, service, justice and JOY. As you can tell, this time... Read More