From Our Minister

aliceSyltie2Sabbatical Time Again?

Yes. It is sabbatical time again. The offer of sabbatical is a tradition in Unitarian Universalist congregations. Recognition of the need for renewal and reflection by ministers is acknowledged in the process of calling a minister. Here are some words from the Department of Ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

“The Sabbatical, as an extended leave from normal duties, enables the minister not only to experience rest and recreation but the renewal that follows detachment, reflection and new learnings; renewal that brings fresh enthusiasm, new ideas and a clearer focus to the relationship.”

While the Board and various committees have been discussing this for well over a year, I recently learned that it is news to some people. So, over the next few weeks we look for opportunities to share the details with all of you and describe how the advance planning assures us that the congregation will be in good hands during the sabbatical time.

The sabbatical time accrued is 6 months. I chose to spread this time out over two church years. I think this will work better for the congregation. Starting in April I will begin the first three months. My UU clergy colleagues in the Alabama-Gulf Coast Cluster covenanted long ago to support one another and our congregations during sabbaticals.

Right now I am working closely with the Worship Committee to line up ministers and other guest speakers for Sunday morning worship.

If you have questions, or if you would like to schedule an appointment to talk with me before the beginning of the sabbatical, please Email me ( or call the church office. Deedee always knows how to reach me.

In Love and Hope.
Rev. Alice