A message from Kate Lovelady, Leader:
Greetings to all members of the Ethical Society of St. Louis,
This notice may seem early, but the Ethical Society has become so wonderfully planful that we are already looking ahead to setting goals for the 2019-20 season. And so it makes sense to share now that at the end of that season, in June 2020, I will be stepping down as Leader.
I imagine this surprises a lot of you, and that it will bring up a variety of emotions in the community, which we will work through together in the coming months. And I know many of you will want to know what I’m going to be doing next. I don’t actually know. I intend to stay active with the American Ethical Union and the Ethical Humanist movement, of course, but I have no plans to take another Leadership position in the near future. It’s just time for me to make a change and downshift a bit and see what comes next. I feel that I’ve accomplished the things I planned to when I came here. The Society has become a very active but still warm and welcoming home for humanists of all ages, it is on solid financial footing, and it is poised to become a major voice in our region. I read somewhere that in a relay race it’s important for the runner to pass on the baton while they’re still running well, and that makes a lot of sense to me. It’s time for this Society to benefit from new energy and new perspectives.
In the coming months, the Board and James will be working with the membership to decide how to approach this leadership transition. The thoughts that members have been sharing with the Two-Leader-Model Evaluation Task Force as well as the Strategic Planning Task Force will be central in the decision-making process. I thank all of you who participated so far in giving feedback and encourage everyone to be active in discussions going forward.
A year and a half is a long time to say goodbye, so all I will add right now is that I am very proud of this community and the progress we’ve made together so far, and I look forward to seeing how the Society and its membership and leadership will continue to develop and become an even more effective and powerful voice for Ethical Humanism and ethical living.
A message from Krystal White, President of the Board of Trustees:
Dear fellow Ethical Society members,
When Kate announced that she will leave her role as Leader in June 2020, the Board of Trustees experienced a wide range of emotions. Shock, concern, confusion, and dismay were my immediate personal feelings. After a few days of grief, though, I shifted to incredible gratitude, excitement, and optimism. Fifteen years is a long tenure, especially for those in pastoral positions, and Kate has led the Ethical Society with passion, thoughtfulness, and empathy during that time. I am profoundly grateful for Kate’s leadership and service; I deeply appreciate the many ways in which she has made the Ethical Society a better and stronger community and a vibrant and joyous place. I personally feel so lucky to have worked closely with her over these past few years. As her friend, I am excited for her to step in a new direction and to grow in a new way of her choosing.
Transitions are challenging but they always provide an opportunity for reflection, redirection, and renewed purpose. Please trust that the Board will work in partnership with you, the membership, and with James through this Leader transition. We remain steadfast in striving to fulfill the Society’s mission and to achieve the vision the members have shared.
I ask that you join me in enthusiastically supporting Kate in these remaining 18 months, and I thank you for your continued support of the Ethical Society as we begin this new chapter together.