Irene and I are relatively new to Wichita, having moved here from California in 2012 for an indeterminate period originally, and eventually ended up buying our present home since things were tending towards a longer stay. Among other things, she prefers the Kansas weather to that of Culver City (????) and for myself feel quite fulfilled at the job I have.
I did however feel the need for a sense of fellowship, which search brought me to First UU. It was refreshing to find a group of not only like-minded people, but also well-intentioned people with open minds. In other words, we might not agree on a particular question but I know I will get a fair and thoughtful hearing and pledge to do the same myself.
Just as important I saw a commitment to active engagement with the issues and troubles of our time. I feel that my own personal growth is linked directly to the challenges that I am willing to face up to and is so much more fruitful in the company of others.
So, thanks for the welcome and the mission, looking forward to a constructive experience with all of you.