Hello UUCW! My name is Marsha Thrall, and I am excited to have begun working as the Religious Education Coordinator here at Unitarian Universalist Church West.
I like to call myself either an “ecumenical free agent” – or – an “agnostic follower of Jesus”. Because of lived religious experiences, including experience with Mormonism, Catholicism, and Methodism, I have come to the conclusion that while God looks different to each of us, all of us – the beloved creation of god – is valued and seen same-ly by our creator.
During this journey of spiritual self-discovery, including two markedly different seminary experiences, the most valuable lesson learned has been that seeking meaning through lived religious experiences, education of self, the cultivation of talents, and the sharing of knowledge within community, is the most crucial tool that each of us has to fill the toolbox needed to maintain beloved community. And it is within our individual search for meaning that each human individual develops the power necessary to utilize their tools to take apart social constructions of racism, misogyny, homophobia, ableism, and sexism, while at the same time working to build a foundation of beloved community where all are welcome, and all are loved.
I’ve spent my first week or so engaging with resources that have helped me understand how the wider Unitarian Universalist Church works and engaging in a deep reading of the curriculum used for Religious Education here at UUCW. After this engagement with Unitarian Universalist history and the RE curriculum, I can say that working in the capacity of Religious Education Coordinator is going to be such an exciting journey! But the most important part in this journey is the part where you, the members of Unitarian Universalist Church West, have decided to, and are allowing me to work with you while you continue moving forward as a congregation dedicated to community building.
I’m looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible. I’ll be at church on Sundays August 5 and 19. Stop by. Say hi. Introduce me to your kids. Let’s share our tools and enjoy this search for meaning together.