Though I have met many of you personally, many more I know
I have yet to meet, and so I want to take an opportunity
to introduce myself. My name is Gretchen Haley,
and am one of your two ministers for this church year.
I am a fourth (and final) year student in the Master of Divinity
program at the Iliff School of Theology, and I live in Denver
with my partner, Carri, and our two children, Gracie (5 next month!)
and Josef (2). I spent the past three months as one of the Chaplains
at St Anthony North Hospital in Westminster to fulfill a training in
Clinical Pastoral Education, and the 10 months prior to that I was the
Ministerial Intern at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder.
I am writing specifically today to invite you into conversation, to
spend time together and get to know one another outside of the one
Sunday a month I am able to be with you in worship, or the occasional
social activity I am able to attend, or the group setting of our
On the fourth Saturday of each month, I have set aside the hours 12
p.m – 2 p.m. as my designated Office Hours. During this time, I will
be at Bridges High School (our gathering place for Sundays) in a
private office, available to talk with you, to just spend time getting
to know one another.
It may be that you have something specific you’d like to talk to me
about – something in your personal life you are thinking about and
would like a conversation partner for, or a question you may have
about spirituality or religion and your path or place in it all – or
it may be you would just like to chat. Either way, you are welcome,
and encouraged to come and see me! I do appreciate knowing you are
coming so that I can make sure that I am able to give you sufficient
time. Just send me an email no later than Saturday morning at 8:30
a.m. to let me know of your plans and I will reply with a confirmation
email. If you need to reach me at the last minute to either come and
see me or cancel a previously scheduled appointment, feel free to call
me at 303-877-0934.
The Membership Committee is also wondering if there is some interest
in my spending some time in Glenwood Springs, or in Aspen, at a
private location, for an hour or two on some Saturday. If this is
something you’d appreciate, and it would make it easier for you to
come and visit with me one Saturday, let me know! We’ll set it up.
I sincerely look forward to meeting you and continuing to grow in our