I thought you all might like to have a glimpse of what my bare bones calendar looks like month to month. Although I share this annually in one of my first Board Reports, I don’t think I’ve ever written about it here.
1st Mondays: “We Say Enough”—On Call for the Movement (for Black Lives)—mass Zoom call, 12:30-1:30); 2nd Mondays: Pastoral Assistants meeting (7:15-9:15 p.m.); 3rd Mondays: unscheduled; 4th Mondays: Quarterly Leadership Council meetings (7-9 p.m.); 1st Tuesdays: 3-Village Interfaith Clergy Association business meeting (8:30-10:00 a.m.), Shawl Ministry (7:00-8:30 p.m.); 2nd Tuesdays: UU Ministers Association LI Chapter Meeting (varying sites) (11:00-2:30); 3rd Tuesdays: 3-Vill Interfaith Clergy Lunch (12:30-2:00), UUMA Cluster Dinner (6:30-9:00 p.m.); 4th Tuesdays: unscheduled. Every Wednesday is my one sure Sabbath day (and every six weeks, usually the day I get a 4-hour Remicade infusion for rheumatoid arthritis—4 hours at Mather; 1st Thursdays: Meeting with DRE, Staff meeting (10:00-1:00); 2nd Thursdays: Jefferson’s Ferry lunch (12:30-1:30 p.m.), UUFSB Board Meeting (7:00-10:00 p.m.); 3rd Thursdays: supervision/planning with DRE (10:30-12:00), Staff Meeting (10:00-1:00), Shalom Interfaith Project (1:30-2:30); 4th Thursdays: unscheduled.
Every Friday: sermon prep/reading; 3rd Fridays: Minister’s Advisory Meeting (MAC) (8:30-10:30). 1st Saturdays: Sharing Circle Facilitators Meeting (irregularly, 10:45-12:45); 2nd and 4th Saturdays: personal time/sermon prep/congregational events; 3rd Saturdays: Worship Associates meeting (9:30-11:30). Sundays: Service 2-4x/month (32-35/year); RE Wing (2-3x/year); attend lay-led services (2-3x/year); post-service meetings and occasional afternoon/evening activities and events; 4-5 Sundays off/year, generally for conferences and such. A couple of Sundays a year I am home and sleeping in!
I also have a number of denominational and community leadership gigs. I am serving as Chair in second of a three-year term on Nominating Committee of Metro NY UU Ministers Association (UUMA) Chapter. I am Secretary of the Shalom Interfaith Project. I am the outgoing president of the 3-Village Interfaith Clergy Association. I am a member of the UU Trauma Response Ministry. I am Co-Convener (with Frances McGuire) of the Long Island Ministerial Leave Program.
“Unscheduled” days—any day, actually, (though I generally protect my Sabbath Wednesdays, if possible)—often include meetings, coffee, lunch or breakfast, house and hospital calls, phone and email conversations. I also post regular office hours—afternoons on Mondays and Tuesdays and Thursday morning—but if I have no scheduled appointments, many other obligations, needs and errands generally fill those days. And, of course, when you call, your needs are my priority. Frequently every day, I am answering emails, researching, reading, keeping up with current events, planning and calendaring. You are almost always on my mind, one way or another. That’s what it means to be your minister. I am available and prepared to accompany you through whatever it is that is happening or planned or being planned. It’s all what I do. It’s a calling, an honor, rewarding, and not easy. Love feeds me.