Change is in the works for Oregon Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice. Last Friday was my final day as the Executive Director.
I have spent the last two years working with a very able board to grow our organization. I believe that OregonVoices has made a difference under my tenure. We have raised the voice of Unitarian Universalism in Salem and around the state.
Last year I began sending out the Action of the Week. Nothing went out as an Action, unless there was something you could do about it! The Action varied by whatever was needed. You could attend a training, a rally, send an email, give testimony, gather signatures, sign a petition, attend a vigil. Each Action came with an explanation of what was happening here in Oregon or in the United States on that issue. Sometimes, the Action was to take good care of yourself and reflect on what it all meant.
People always want to know why you are leaving. I am leaving mainly because my salary was covered by a generous grant from the UU Funding Program for the last two years. As all good things do, this grant finally ran out!
Now it is up to the board to carry on. They are ready. They are excited. Support them as they move forward as a volunteer force. They will still need your gifts of time and money to continue.
I enjoyed your company over these last two years. I will miss you!
In Love and Faith,
Rev. Katie Larsell