August 19, 2012 was Rev. Doug's first service with us as our interim minister and members and friends welcomed him with open arms. For the last 13 years, the Rev. Dr. Douglas Wadkins served the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Bellingham, WA but has also worked as a hospice chaplain, campus minister, and served congregations in North Carolina, Florida, Texas, Oregon, Wisconsin and Washington. For the last six years, he has been working with the Pacific Northwest district on their Transition Team, helping congregations share the ministry during times of change.
Rev. Doug is in the office on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and is available to meet with members and friends by appointment. Please call the office or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes From Our Minister
The Beacon - March 1, 2014
HOW WE WEAVE THE WEB OF LIFE
There has been more talk recently amongst the leadership of Society about moving to an understanding of stewardship as a year-round experience. I am pleased. One of the most significant changes when a congregation goes to a year round emphasis on stewardship is the way that it places those important ideas in a larger context. So much of what we do in our lives is really about “stewardship”, for stewardship is the way that we understand and utilize all of the gifts life offers us. So much of what really matters in life is just that: a sort of paying forward the gifts we receive every day. Of course it is absolutely essential for a religious community to pay its bills, compensate its staff fairly and utilize its resources in service to its larger mission! However, all essential ministry takes place within a larger concept of how we understand our relationship to each other, and how we see our resources serving our own personal, larger sense of mission. As I have often said, when you are at peace with how you “spend” your time, money and affection: you are living peace. That is what stewardship is REALLY about, and trying to compress its far-reaching and foundational truths into a month or two of the church year makes it seem synonymous with the annual pledge drive and really nothing else.
I invite you to expand your thoughts when you hear the word “stewardship”. Imagine that stewardship is asking you to think about what you are doing with your life to build connections. Imagine it is a thoughtful and candid personal and communal assessment of how you are investing your gifts to build and strengthen the web of life. The more clarity and integrity we bring to addressing such essential matters, the more likely it is that the specifics of how we use our "one wild and precious life," will feel like a true reflection of our deepest self and our core values. Such considerations continue to ask me to grow and risk. Such important matters make me feel more alive. I have come to understand its growing meaning and benefit quite personally over the years, I know some of its truths first hand! May such a spirit remain alive and well in the hearts and minds of the Society, LONG after this year's pledge campaign has come to a successful conclusion. We can make some good progress these next few weeks, but the deeper gifts come with time and letting such a spirit of generosity and connection inspire all you do. I've experienced the generous nature of this congregation, I am excited for your future!
NOTES FROM OUR MINISTER ARCHIVES