A Message From the Internship Committee
You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.
In September, our congregation will again be an active teaching congregation. Last year, after the Board approved a new half-time, two-year internship position, UUCS accepted applications, formed an interview committee, gathered and reviewed information on the applicants, and eventually offered the position to John Monroe.
John comes to us from the UU Congregation of Fairfax. His personal spiritual journey might resonate with many of us. John was raised in a Protestant home and in adulthood began an exploration of various faith traditions, including a year attending a Quaker meeting. When he became a member of UUCF, he quickly found himself deeply engaged in the life of that congregation, the size of which allowed plentiful opportunities for ministry. In the six years John has been there, he has been active in preaching, pastoral care, and social justice work. While continuing to work as an editor for a technical magazine, John entered Wesley Theological Seminary and expects to graduate this year.
John’s personal statement, attached to his application and resume, gave his reasons for wanting to become an intern at UUCS. “I would like to learn how to help a congregation to grow,” he wrote. “I know enough to realize that it i… More...