President’s Letter: August 2018

What a busy time it’s been!  So busy that I have not been able to send out a president’s update till now. Many things have been going on here at UUFEC and I hope you have all been able to enjoy or participate in at least some of them.  Be sure to look at your Enews to stay up to date on the latest UUFEC information and activities. (If you’re not receiving the weekly UUFEC ENews, send an email to Marion Taylor, UUFEC’ administrator at to be put on the list. The ENews is also posted on UUFEC’s Facebook page, usually Friday afternoon).

This past Sunday marks the end of our creative, inspiring ‘Out of the Box’ summer curriculum, orchestrated by Shar Farley (thank you Shar!) and this coming Sunday is the first of a new phase in UUFEC’s history with the beginning of our tenure with our new part-time minister, Doak Mansfield.  Many of you have already met him at some of his previous visits to our church but if not, you are in for a treat.  Doak (as he prefers to be addressed) brings with him a long history of experience in the UU tradition starting in 1976, along with an astounding breadth of wisdom and experience during the past ~40 years as a fellowshipped Unitarian Universalist minister.   You can learn more about him on his website at

Other news items to share with you include the ongoing theatrical entertainment of Loren Boyer’s TV dinner theater (this coming Saturday evening, Sep 4 at 6 pm), resumption of our First Thursday evening monthly potlucks, ongoing improvements to our beautiful building and grounds (thank you Fred Boyer and aesthetics committee) just to name a few.  

The Board has been busy with discussions of real estate issues (both possible sales and acquisitions), bylaws adjustments, growth committee developments, stepped up endowment committee activity and ongoing outreach with organizations such as a local CoDA group, social justice functions, supporting One Hopeful Place with Rev Nathan Monk, supporting/collaborating with other organizations as well, and of course, Growth.  Summers are typically a time of slow activity for churches, but this summer has proved to be a time of enthusiasm, innovation and community building as we get ready for a new chapter in UUFEC’s history. 

As always, we’d love to hear from you for ideas, suggestions or just a chat.  Call/email me or any of your board members any time.  

Gil Brown