I came upon these lines in Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer:
“For example, do you know what Providence is?”
“That everything happens for a reason.”
“Yes that’s right. And specifically that everything happens for a good reason. There are lots of different philosophies that believe in some kind of Providence.”
As you would imagine, this passage takes on a particular significance if you are me, right now. I absolutely believe in “some kind of Providence,” the kind of Providence that is grounded, for me, by First Unitarian and all you have shown me you are and wish to be.
By the time you read this, I will have “arrived.” At first, I’ll be commuting from Cape Cod, where my husband, Tim, and I have a little cottage in Brewster. At the end of August, we will be preparing to move into a new home in south Lincoln; I will be starting to set up my office at church; I will be meeting with you by appointment, and bumping into you by good fortune, and getting to know you. I am so looking forward to all of it!
In the meantime, here’s some information that might be useful as we get going together.
Office hours: I will generally be in the office Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and available to meet by appointment on those days. Thursday is my study and writing day, work I do at home. Friday is my day off.
How to reach me: I check my church voicemail and email whenever I’m in the office. I’ll check email less often from home. If it’s important, call me at the office or at home (once our new phone is installed), because if there’s a lot of volume, email can sometimes get a little back-logged. Please reserve calling for things that are really urgent or an emergency.
My starting schedule: August 1 – my official first day on the job, though we’ve already had a few staff and leadership meetings.
May these be years of strength and beauty and spirit and goodness for us all and for all whose lives we touch.
See you in church,
Rev. Liz Lerner Maclay, Minister
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday