Mind, Body, Spirit - Sabbatical 2021
Union will be entering a season of Sabbatical from July - October this year.
Our Sabbatical is focused on Soul Care: A Time to Re-center, Renew and Engage Mind, Body and Spirit in New Learnings. Creating sacred time and space, Reverend Boteler will engage in travel, activities and disciplines to re-center her energy and sense of purpose, as well as renew and deepen her relationships with God, self, family and friends. Members of the church will also undertake activities to renew a sense of wonder and gratitude as they too deepen relationships with God and each other in the naturally beautifully setting.
Sabbatical Interim: The Reverend Laura Beth Buchleiter
It is a joy to welcome the Reverend Laura Beth Buchleiter as our Sabbatical Interim. She will be arriving in Green River early July and remaining with us through mid October.
Rev. Laura Bethany Buchleiter recently graduated from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. She was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel on May 23, 2021, by University Baptist Church in Bloomington, Indiana, aligned with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. She is the first transgendered person to be ordained in the CBF.
The Rev. Laura Beth is a speaker, writer, advocate, and consultant. She has over 25 years of experience in various Christian ministry settings. She speaks on topics ranging from gender identity and sexual orientation to self-care and wellness. In all her work, Laura Beth draws heavily on her own experiences with PTSD, gender dysphoria, suicidal ideation, the challenges that come with those when working in faith communities.
Laura Beth currently makes her home base in Indianapolis, Indiana, however she has lived all over the USA, including Puerto Rico. In addition to writing, speaking, and working with local faith communities, she keeps herself busy as an artist, musician, parent, and grandparent.
Welcome & Bon Voyage
Let the Season of Sabbatical Begin!
Sunday, July 11 is our official welcome of Rev. Laura Beth Buchleiter and send off for Rev. Jenny Boteler. We will gather at Evers Park Shelter at 10:30 a.m. for worship and lunch. Members will also receive their 90 Days of Gratitude Journal. More info to follow.