Rev. Mara Signing Off
While we said goodbye to Rev. Mara at the wonderful celebration of our shared ministry on June 10, this week marks the official conclusion of Rev. Mara's tenure at FUUSB. Accordingly, we will soon be closing Mara's Society email account (email@example.com). Additionally, Rev. Mara will be exiting the Society Facebook group - and, in keeping with best practices for departing ministers, she'll also be limiting her contact with us on Facebook and other social media platforms going forward. Practically this means that, while Mara will remain "friends" with FUUSB folks on FB, she'll be restricting the content we see on her page, as well as no longer following ours. Likewise, she'll be unfollowing on Instagram and Twitter. Though Mara has loved connecting with FUUSB folks and keeping up with our lives on Facebook, she realized that - in today's world - honoring her commitment to fully step away and make room for our future shared ministries means stepping back on social media as well.
If you missed Rev. Mara's farewell sermon, "The Heart of a Minister," back in April,
you can listen to it here
. Mara explains more about the ins and outs of what it means to say goodbye to a beloved congregation and healthy departure practices.
Also, we wanted to share with you all this farewell and thank you note from Rev. Mara, originally posted to the Society Facebook group the day after our June 10 celebration:
Dear ones, this morning, my heart is still bursting with gratitude for the special celebration of our shared ministry yesterday. What a day! Thank you to EVERYONE who pitched in to create an experience that so well reflected the spirit of our five years together. Thank you for wonderful words and reflections that moved me and us deeply, farewell banner notes and pictures, party organizing, delicious food, lovely decorations, setting up and breaking down tables, music, flowers, the purple parasol, fun activities for kiddos, cards, hugs, tears, laughter, singing, amazing cupcakes, and your presences at the meetinghouse (in body or spirit). Not to mention the box of blessings, which I will cherish.
Today, I am holding gently the mix of deep sadness in saying goodbye to you, beloved ones, and infinite joy for having gotten to journey with you, fabulous FUUSB, these past five years. With love, I wish you every blessing for your unfolding journey and future shared ministries. 💚