President of the United Church of Christ
Susan is a remarkable leader. She brings a combination of gifts that equip her well to lead this Association. She has a compassionate heart which derives from a spiritual connection to her community, to her Sacred, to the Earth. She walks gently in the world because she recognizes the value of all living things. She is a deep thinker with the intellectual capacity to see complexity, to analyze nuance, to anticipate consequence, and to envision outcome. She inspires others to bring their best for the sake of a cause or a movement worth showing up for. She is present with voice, courage and conviction on the margins, speaking truth to power in love in order to destabilize systems founded by injustice and feeding on the poor and marginalized. She creates safe spaces for others to enter with their whole self – not just the parts that the powerful want and expect. She knows what an association like the UUA brings in partnership to a larger movement of change-makers called to create a new kind of human community where all are valued and the common good is served; and she will do everything in her power to realize the full capacity and potential of this remarkable denomination as an agent for social transformation. It would be an honor for me to serve alongside this gifted, this visionary, and this spiritual leader as we do all that we can to bring peace, justice, and spiritual health and vitality to a world and a country so much in need of these very things.