President’s Perspective – Beginnings and Endings

By Jeremy Milarsky, 2015-17 President

Mere hours ago as I write, I was able to participate in our Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly in New Orleans from the comfort of my own kitchen here in Columbia. I found it truly wonderful. And yet, part of me is glad G.A. has ended because that means my wife and children – who were there in person – are on their way home.

The journey home seems a fairly appropriate analogy to this time in my life and the timing of this column. Journeys have beginnings, middles and ends. As of July 1, my journey as church president came to an end after two years in that office and three as a member of our Board of Trustees.

My journey on our board began at the low end of a steep learning curve. I tried to spend twice as much time listening as I did talking (I was not always successful in this). And eventually I did learn. Organization is important. Relationships are even more so.

During my time on the board we passed three church budgets, invested in rock-star staff and helped our congregation with the ever-present question of who we are and where we are going.

My journey as a board member may have ended, but my service to this church will continue in other ways – for example, I will serve as chair of the Nominating Committee for the 2017-2018 church year.

I appreciate the different opportunities here at UUCC and am very thankful for the trust placed in me for those opportunities. As always, I encourage everyone to take up their own volunteer calling in this community.