Dear Starr King UU Fellowship,
It is with much excitement and joy that I accept the invitation to be your Ministerial Candidate. Our rather clandestine visit in Plymouth for the pre-candidating weekend began with a heartfelt welcome and remarkable hospitality. You should know that your search committee is outstanding. They were open and generous with me, my family, and each other. The search committee was easy to fall in love with.
I was struck by the beauty of the wood and the light inside the building. I got the feeling that the fellowship is a place where joy is expected. It is a place I knew could feel like home.
No doubt you are curious about who I am. I’ll let the Search Committee describe their impression, but the basics include my identity. I currently reside on a small farm in Iowa. I was a molecular biologist, a biology professor, an entrepreneur, and a champion of sustainable agriculture in the heart of the country where industrial agriculture rules.
I’ve served as a chaplain at a major trauma center in Des Moines, Iowa. My home congregation is a fellowship in Ames, Iowa, and my internship congregation was the First Unitarian Church of Des Moines. I am a mother of three – two young adult daughters and a teenaged son, Martin. Mark Runquist is my husband and life partner. He is very excited to explore the White Mountains, the ocean, and to dip our canoe in the waters of Maine. So, you see, he’s ready to go.
Let me close with words I shared with search committee in my packet, words that seem even more true now, “I look forward … to see how my story might become part of your story, and then perhaps, our story. This is my greatest wish.”
Rev. Linda Barnes
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