September 2022 Welcome

Nancy Combs-Morgan, CRE-ML, Congregational Life Consultant

MidAmerica Region staff members Nancy Combs-Morgan and Cameron Young

A Time of Transition

In a season of many transitions, my dear colleague, Cameron Young, and I, want to share that we are now serving full-time in the Southern Region of the UUA. For the last few years, we have been serving both the Southern and MidAmerica Regions, with our beloved colleague, Kathy Charles, who just retired on August 15. For me, having served in MidAmerica well before it became the MidAmerica Region of the UUA, I wanted to share how I continue to feel profound affection for many of our leaders throughout the Region, especially the entire MidAmerica staff team. It has been an honor to serve many of you with your religious education consulting and staffing transition needs.

There will be further messaging about the search in MidAmerica for a new Congregational Life Consultant, and in the meantime, where we actually live, know that both Cameron and I are available if you should have faith development questions, and We encourage you first to reach out to your primary contact in MidAmerica, but if there is a particular need do not hesitate to send a message.

So much of our regional work has expanded to a national model, and that certainly includes many of our faith development trainings. MidAmerica leaders are most welcome to join our next faith development training, “RE-UUp” on Tuesday, Sept. 13, where we will be sharing ideas that will support RE leaders in getting geared up for the fall in an almost post-pandemic world. Register for the SR Toolbox Webinar Series today.

In closing, it is bittersweet to move on, but it is not an exit, but more so, a new turn in the road. Here is a reading that I turn to in a time of transition by Andrew Pakula...

Sunflowers against blue sky.

May you know fully and deeply the blessings of each of your heart's seasons
The inward turning of Winter
Springtime's lush renewal
The effortless, steady growth of summer
And autumn's rich harvest
May your passage from season to season be blessed—
Eased by hands to hold, and by the light of love to guide you on.

All the very best, Nancy Combs-Morgan