- Unitarian Universalism Connection
Hello, and thanks for clicking on my campaign! My name is McKayla Hoffman, I’ve recently made the decision to answer the call to UU ministry, and I’m desperately trying to get to the 2017 UU General Assembly!
Let me tell you a tiny bit about me. I was born in Florida, but I think I’ve always been a New Englander. I am currently a member of a wonderful congregation in Bridgewater, MA, who have embraced, loved, and inspired me as a close (and very sassy!) family does. I realized after being involved for a couple of years that something was different about this religious community than any I had encountered before. Probably like your UU community, these incredible people embodied the phrase “love is goodwill in action,” and I found myself wanting to serve them in increasingly meaningful capacities. Then, it hit me (almost knocked me over): I should become a UU minister. I figured that could be the greatest way of repaying these people and others like them. And thus, the call to ministry was heard. Even after I graduated college and started my career in archaeology and museums, I haven’t shaken this call. In the wake of recent events in my own life and in our denomination, I felt that if I wanted to begin serving our community of loving movers and shakers, I should start now.
Recently, the minister at my church–Rev. Paul Sprecher–asked if I was planning on going to the 2017 UU General Assembly. At first, I was absolutely elated at the idea. I’ve never spent a great deal of time with other UUs in small-town-ville Massachusetts, and I loved the idea of reaching out and starting something with UUs from around the country, in my own generation and beyond.
I shook the idea away, though, because I knew I couldn’t afford it. I’m currently living below the poverty line and working for a nonprofit living history museum. It’s a phenomenal place that educates underserved, inner city youth about history and its consequences, including ingrained racism, class divide, ethnocentrism, the need for environmental sustainability practices, and more. Unfortunately, working in the nonprofit world comes with its setbacks; it serves the heart and mind, but certainly not the wallet. However, after speaking at length with Rev. Paul about the opportunities that the GA would present, I decided that I should try my best to make it there!
The 2017 UU General assembly promises to be a particularly consequential one amidst the current work of dismantling the systemic racism in our denomination. The voices that span generations, races, ethnicities, genders, and abilities are each vitally important, and this GA serves as our chance to give credence and legitimacy to each of these voices. Also, the opportunity for our united UU family to network and connect during these challenging times is incredibly beneficial.
I would be honored to be a part of such an experience, as I think it would inform my ministry–and my growth as a young adult–in a powerful way. Any donation–very small, even–would go a long way towards funding this experience.
I can’t thank you enough for reading through my campaign. Blessings to you and yours!
In love and solidarity,