We were fortunate to have Rev. Suzanne Wasilczuk with us from 2010 to 2019 as our consulting minister. Suzanne joined us from Duluth on a monthly basis since 2011. She charmed us with her enthusiasm, insights and inspirations.
In 2020 we are in the process of discerning our ministerial needs and possibilities for the future. This year David Belrose has been contracted to provide ten monthly services utilizing the resources of the Touchstones program. In addition, we are looking at bringing in visiting ministers, also on a monthly basis.
We at the Lakehead Unitarian Fellowship (LUF) believe in the celebration of a variety of religious and philosophical ideas from different cultures. We believe in the never-ending search for truth and encourage individuals to develop their own personal theology.
Through a majority of its history since 1959, LUF has been lay-led. As a result, this has led to a strongly – developed sense of the importance of shared ministry.
Ministry is the act of serving. Shared ministry is what we do to serve our congregation and the broader community, individually and together. Each individual brings unique gifts to contribute. It sinks in that here one brings all of one’s self in the door on Sunday morning. It happens when newcomers, as well as longtime members, bring questions like “what am I doing with my life” or “I wonder who else cares about world issues like I do”, and they discover that others are living those questions as well. It happens also when we recognize that each of us in our way supports and nurtures those close to us in community.
As we at LUF move forward after 60 years, our on-going professional ministry will draw to a close at the end of 2019, which will mean that shared ministry becomes even more important. We will involve active lay participation along with visiting ministers to help us move along the path of shared ministry, working together to enhance our spiritual exploration, helping us ask the questions that lead on to further questions, encouraging us to be the best we can be.