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Comments from Carol and Dwight

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"Welcoming New Members" Special Note: At this difficult time for Scott and Cindy Ross and their family, Dwight and I have been touched by the love and concern so many of you have shown. This church is truly a caring community. Last Sunday, March 28, it was our pleasure to welcome, in ceremony, 17 new members. I am always happy when folks on a religious search find their way to a Unitarian Universalist Church. Classic statements upon finally stumbling upon one of our congregations are "Where have you been all my life? This place is the best kept secret in town. I feel like I've come home religiously, spiritually." I have a quiet envy of the handful of adults I've met who were raised either as Unitarians or Universalists. After Easter we will be offering another ROOTS class for those more recent visitors and members who would like a slightly more in depth exposure to Unitarian Universalism, but this article is not to promote that program. Growth in number of members has been a great thrust, denomination wide, for fifteen or twenty years. What does it mean to grow? Despite the very real flaws in the denomination and in every UU Congregation, I think we offer the thinking/spiritual person a veritable smorgasbord of theological and spiritual choices in a time when limited interpretations of what it means to be human and religious can become road blocks to reaching a more benign future. Our Gospel, our "good news" promotes the worth and dignity of each individual and the interdependent web of life of which we are a part. Each of us is important even as we fit into the larger scheme of things. Each of you may put the UU "good news" together differently. I am a cautious optimist. I think the world will be a better place, the more thoughtfully religious people there are - raising children, sitting on boards and commissions, determining everyday values, involved in the larger community. Could be I'm naive, but it's why I do what I do. Cheers! Carol