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August 2019 Transitions by The Reverend Joel Miller

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My family is helping me move, and we’ve stopped halfway in our journey from Rochester, NY to Baton Rouge in Knoxville, TN. I’ve loved the view from the rental truck. The seats are elevated at least 4 feet higher than the seats in my car! Here in Tennessee, where I’m now writing to you, I’ve discovered that the environment in this region is one of the most biodiverse anywhere with so many different species of plants, animals, and microorganisms. And there are advantages in biodiversity, including a greater natural sustainability and resilience through disaster and change.

As an interim minister, I’ve observed the same advantages for congregations. Especially in a religious tradition that cherishes connection and interconnection as the heart and soul of our being. Diversity requires deep interconnections that are also flexible, and so for us Unitarian Universalists we have a challenging and rewarding spiritual path to follow. Congregations do, too. Interim ministers see a wonderful diversity among our Unitarian Universalist congregations. And in the spirit of the First Principle of the Unitarian Universalist Association, I believe that congregations, like people and ecosystems, have inherent worth and dignity.

The Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge will be the fourth congregation I’ve served as an interim minister and the ninth congregation I will serve in my ministry. You can learn more about me and my approach to interim ministry on my website: https://revjm.net.

I’m looking so forward to meeting you all and to our interim time together. This will be the first time I have lived or worked in the Southeast United States, and I want to learn about you all, about the Unitarian Church in Baton Rouge, and about the communities around you.

My first day with you is August 1, and my first Sunday with you will be the Ingathering service on August 11. I look forward to seeing you then!