We are very pleased to announce that Ben Robins will be joining us as Director of Religious Exploration. Ben grew up in the Kingston congregation, and is just completing his training as a UU minister with an internship in Hamilton. This summer he is moving to Peterborough to join his partner. Here’s what he had to say in his application cover letter…
“Religious Education (RE) is a transformative experience. An environment that includes and honours diversity, that centres love, justice and relationship, that invites children to shine their light, not only grows kids that enrich our families, congregation and community, but creates a generation that gives me hope for the future.
“My trained to be a UU minister has been about learning to nurture inclusive, collaborative community, support personal growth, and help people to centre their lives and their communities on all the good things like love, justice and relationship. I lived for 5 years in an improv dance retreat centre with roots in intentional community, and in my administrative, supervisory, hosting and facilitating roles, it felt like I was holding space for spiritual community. It put me on the path to ministry. Unicamp has also been a beloved home for creating and connecting.
“My life has been an exploration…I’ll close by saying that I get chills reading the mission statement at the beginning of the job description. Game on.”
Here’s what that our purpose (mission) statement says:
Grounded in love, the Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough strives to be a welcoming community that embraces life with wonder and inquiry. Dedicated to our Unitarian Universalist Principles and inspired by our interconnection with all that is, we foster personal transformation and act for a just and sustainable world.
Ben and Rev. Julie will begin working together around July 15 to put together a work plan for the rest of the summer. Ben will be wanting to meet and get to know each of you as soon as possible!
FYI: Gloria Proctor-Bennett will be returning to her role as our beloved RE Facilitator in the fall.