From our first meeting over lunch I knew we could work well together. Among your strengths is a gift for finding the best in people and allowing them to explore their own gifts. I loved writing chalice lighting words to fit your sermon topics.

You always listened to ideas, shared your views on a subject, and allowed a way to be followed to accomplish even the most difficult or awkward tasks.

I watched you become part of the larger faith community participating in political and social causes, always focused on those whose voices are seldom heard and giving them hope.

You brought stability to our community where having a series of ministers in a short time span had left us with uncertainty, an unclear path to our future. As you leave us, I hope you know we are better able to move ahead because you have helped us see the way. We will miss you, and we wish you happiness and fulfillment in your next adventure.