Category: minister-blog

More frequent blogs by minister.

UUFM Welcomes Rev Dr Isabel Call

I am pleased to announce that Rev Dr Isabel Call will become our new  minister in October.  She will be in Manhattan to look for housing and to visit from October 9-14.  She plans to be at our Sunday Service on October 10 and at … read more.

Special Congregational Mtg

The UUFM Board of Directors has called a special congregational meeting for Sunday, September 12.  The meeting will be held at 12 pm, or directly after the Sunday service is completed.

We have a candidate for the open ministerial position at UUFM.  Until they have informed their current employer … read more.

Report from the Board – 29 August 2021

Our August Board Meeting doubled as our annual Board Retreat.  We discussed the updated Human Resources Policy at length, needed to seek some clarification from the UUA, and hope to approve it finally in September. 

UUFM finances ended on a high note for fiscal year 20-21 … read more.

Report from the Board – 22 July 2021

Dear UU Friends,

We have tearfully and joyfully bid Jonalu goodbye and here we are, on our own again, at least temporarily.  I will be communicating with you all regularly in the monthly newsletter, and via emails when there is a need.  I encourage you to … read more.

Board Announcement – 21 July 2021

On July 21, 2021, UUFM Board Chair Judy Nickelson issued this statement: 

Dear Friends,

In response to your concern about masking and in light of the ongoing uptick in COVID cases in the Manhattan area, the Board today voted in favor of the following policies:

Masks will be … read more.

Jonalu’s Journal – July 2021

Saying good-bye is never easy.

In this final month with you, the core of my job will be saying good-bye.  I am ending my relationship as your minister.  It’s a little harder that there is no one on-deck to take my place.  Still the ending, like … read more.

Jonalu’s Journal – June 2021

As we move towards the end of my time with the congregation, it’s the perfect moment to review the goals that were set for developmental ministry before I arrived.  No doubt, some of you remember being part of the goal-setting process, meeting together in small … read more.

Jonalu’s Journal – May 2021

“We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

So reads the proposed … read more.

Developmental Minister Annual Report 2021

Developmental Minister Annual Report
UU Fellowship of Manhattan, Kansas
April 15, 2021
Rev. Jonalu Johnstone

The COVID pandemic tremendously shaped the year for UUFM, as it did for everyone.  We have conducted virtual services throughout the year, held two congregational meetings on Zoom, conducted … read more.

Jonalu’s Journal – April 2021

Across cultures, religions and traditions, human beings celebrate.

We have seen many holiday opportunities pass without our traditional celebrations in the last year.  As vaccinations increase, we may be peaking out and trying to do it a little differently, with small, safe family groupings.  Still not … read more.