My name is Holly Terrill. My husband Benjamin and my daughter Madeline have been attending services since the beginning of 2016. I love being a part of the First UU congregation; the people are fantastic, the messages are meaningful and it’s super to get to see my daughter experience “Sunday school” in an environment where questions are encouraged and an open mind is expected. I was first introduced to Unitarian Universalism in 2004 through an assignment for a cultural anthropology class. My husband and I became members of the First UU on Halloween of that year; the principles and purposes of the church aligned well with our own spiritual and personal beliefs. My husband and I led the YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) in 2005-2006 before there was a formal RE program for youngsters in Wichita, and in 2006 I served on the Board of Trustees until we moved out of town for a short period of time. My spouse and I returned to the First UU on Sunday, January 3rd when service had been canceled due to inclement weather. We were welcomed by two people who volunteered to be at the church to communicate to any visitors that services were canceled and I was reminded of the loving compassion that this community has. I offered to assist the RE program when the RE Director asked for volunteers earlier this year and I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside the elementary, middle, and high school aged children on a couple of occasions. I rejoined the Fist UU in February 2016 and immediately felt as if a piece of me that had been missing was finally found. I am honored to take on the role of President-Elect; learning the ropes of leadership within the congregation and using my outside experience will make this an adventure to remember.
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