Just recently Rev. Robert Latham was offered and accepted a position as Interim District Executive for the Pacific Central District, the area around San Francisco. So, beginning in July he and Cindy will be living in California for the next two years. We will miss his wisdom and his guidance, but this is a wonderful professional opportunity for him. We have been so fortunate to have Robert’s leadership these past two years. He feels that it is time for TRUU to have a single minister as a transition towards our own settled minister in the future. Robert has said how much he and Cindy appreciate our friendship with them and how much they will miss us.
Fortunately, the congregation will have an opportunity to see them off! They will be leaving Colorado and heading to California on Sunday, July 10th and plan to arrive here by 1PM. Robert knows that we would like to have a chance to say our good-byes and he and Cindy just have time for a little 2 hour (1-3PM) gathering. Watch for details coming soon. After their two years away, they plan to be back living in Colorado once again. Robert seems open to an invitation to come back then to conduct services or a workshop for us. His goodbye letter to the congregation follows:
By now you have probably heard that I will not be coming back next year as one of your ministers. This is a decision I have been thinking about since the early part of the year. I have had a growing awareness that TRUU is ready for the next major step in its progress toward the vision of having a minister living in the area and relating face to face on a weekly basis. This step is for you to be engaging the same minister during the monthly ministerial visits this coming year. If you can expand the times such a minister comes for visits such as board meetings this further models the kind of relationship that will happen when there is a part time minister living in the area.
You have been steadily moving in the expansion of your membership and leadership. It seems to me that now is the time for you to devote your energies to what can happen with singular ministerial leadership. In Gretchen Haley you have a very capable and creative minister who can continue enabling your progress toward your vision of a powerful Unitarian Universalist witness in the two rivers area.
I recall our first meeting and your stated desire to expand your religious witness. We have spent several years together seeking to respond to the call of this vision. These years have been provocative and rewarding for me as a minister. I have felt keenly supported and profoundly befriended.
Cindy joins me as we thank you for your grand hospitality and salute you as you continue the venture we started together. We now say goodbye and wish you the fulfillment of your spiritual dreams.
Save the date! Good-bye Gathering for Robert and Cindy Latham
Sunday, July 10th, 1-3PM Location – Gregory Park in West Glenwood