An Announcement from Rev. Paige Getty

An Announcement from Rev. Paige Getty

The following letter from Rev. Paige Getty was emailed to the congregation on Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 11:00 AM.


Dear UUCC,

I write with news that I wish I could share with each of you, one at a time, face to face. But since that is practically impossible, this letter must suffice for now. In the coming months, I will welcome direct conversations with you who desire them.

After more than 20 years of ministry with you, my service to UUCC will conclude at the end of this program year — effective June 30, 2024.

Serving you — and serving with you — has been one of the greatest privileges and joys of my life so far, second only to my familial relationships with Graham, Hallie, and Sara.

Since 2003, you have been my teachers, my agitators, my conscience. You have gifted me with your trust and your conviction and your curiosity. I have conducted your weddings and dedicated your children and memorialized your deceased loved ones. You have talked to me. You have asked questions. You have listened. You have welcomed me into your vulnerable moments of decision-making, you have invited me to celebrate your rites of passage, and you have allowed me to speak on your behalf in public spaces.

Together we have strengthened our presence as a liberal institution in Howard County, we have built interfaith relationships, and we have borne witness on behalf of our Unitarian Universalist values. Together we have weathered conflict and built a building and struggled with what it means to truly be a principled religious community. We have learned together, and mourned together, and grown together, and played and prayed and sung together.

There is no story of the Rev. Paige Getty without the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, Maryland. You grew me into a minister, and you will always have a uniquely cherished place in my heart. I will be forever grateful for that.

And it is time for me to go. I will grieve the loss of this community, even as I feel sure this is the right choice. All ministries must come to an end, and it’s better for us to conclude deliberately and with care, and at a time when you and I both are reasonably well equipped to make the change.

This week I told the UUCC Board of Trustees of my intention to “retire” from settled parish ministry. Already they’re taking steps to prepare for UUCC’s transitional ministry beginning in the summer, and they will be in regular communication about the work that lies ahead for you, in which I will not be involved. I am excited for the possibilities that lie ahead for UUCC — I am confident that you have the health and leadership to thrive in interim ministry and to move fully into the next chapter of the congregation’s life. And during this time of preparation and transition, the Board of Trustees and UUCC Staff will be well supported by the staff of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Transitions Office and Central East Region.

I do not know what my vocational future holds, but I am excited for the possibilities — and I need space and time to explore those possibilities. I expect to do something that is not parish ministry, although it’s possible that someday I will return to parish work in some capacity.

Our family intends to remain in Columbia for a few more years, at least, although I will follow ministerial guidelines and keep space from UUCC as you continue on your own journey. Hallie is scheduled to graduate from high school this spring, and Sara will begin 9th grade in the fall. We plan to take a family trip early in June, after Hallie’s graduation, and then I will return to UUCC for final good-byes and wrap-up.

I look forward to sharing many meaningful moments with you between now and June 30.

For now, know that you are one of my life’s greatest loves, and I will cherish you forever.

Love,

Rev. Paige Getty
Senior Minister