President’s Letter- July 19, 2018

Dear Friends,

My name is Melissa Logan and I am the new president of the Board of Trustees at the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield. I have been a member of First U since 2005, and have been attending since the year 2000. I have served our congregation in religious education, fundraising, property, and governance. I am a life-long Unitarian Universalist, and I was raised in the First Unitarian Church of Nashua in Nashua, New Hampshire. In my professional life, I am a bilingual teacher at Jefferson School in Plainfield.

I am keenly aware that I am taking the helm of leadership at a time of the greatest challenges our congregation has ever faced. Our congregation will be leaving the building we have called home for over 125 years and we do not yet know the shape of the future of our congregation. It is our charge now to shape that future. We are shaping this future in a time when many members of our own congregation have suffered deep, personal losses, and we are shaping this future in a time when our nation is suffering from corrupt, immoral leadership. We are weakened. We are hurting. But we will not hide our light under a bushel. We will continue to feed the human spirit, to inspire compassionate action, and be a beacon for justice and love. We will work with local partners to continue our mission and our work here in Plainfield and beyond.

I encourage you to continue to engage in this work and these conversations to help make the shape of what is to come, as the song goes, the shape of justice. The shape of hope. The shape of love.

If you have questions or concerns, please do reach out to myself, our minister, Ann Marie Alderman, or any of the other members of the Board of Trustees: Chris Baglieri, Mike Sutterlin, Cass Cochrane, Peter Jones, Guevevere Zucker, and Joanne Macaluso. You can reach me by email at [email protected] or [email protected], or text or call my cell, (908) 432-4134.

Melissa Logan

President, First Unitarian Society of Plainfield