Rev. Kelly Crocker, Co-Senior Minister, will be on sabbatical from February 1, 2024 through August 1, 2024. Sabbaticals are an important element in cultivating healthy and vital long-term ministries. Sabbaticals benefit both ministers and congregations— providing opportunities for new perspectives, and continued growth— personal, spiritual, and institutional. The Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association guidelines call for ministers to accrue one month of sabbatical for each year of service, with sabbaticals being taken every five to seven years. This sabbatical was voted on by the Board of Trustees February 15, 2023.
The root of the word sabbatical means ‘rest,’ so one purpose of a sabbatical is to cease regular ministry and engage in the spiritual practices that will bring peace. A minister’s sabbatical is a time of working differently, with a changed focus and perspective, and with time for study, contemplation, and integration. It is an opportunity for renewal and for personal and professional growth.
Rev. Kelly C. has served FUS since July 2001. This sabbatical will take place during her 23rd year of ministry here. She has previously taken one sabbatical during 2010, for four months. After the past 13 years of ministry—including 5 years of ministerial transition and interim work—Rev. Kelly C. plans to use her sabbatical time to begin a Spiritual Direction Program through Benet Hill Monastery, engage in a combination of reflection, renewal, intentional spiritual practice that her current schedule doesn’t allow, and spend time with her children and family.