June 4, 2019
Dear Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Klamath County,
We in the Pacific Western Region are delighted to announce that your congregation has been selected to receive the Unitarian Universalist Association 2019 O. Eugene Pickett Award. This national award is given annually to a small congregation that has made an outstanding contribution to the growth of Unitarian Universalism. The award comes with a certificate of merit as well as $600 to further your good ministry in the world.
Your congregation has embodied the phrase, “small but mighty”. You lost your building to fire about a decade ago, but did not let that be the end. You have, like a phoenix, been born anew. In your small and conservative community, you have been showing inspirational growth in participation. Simple programs, like family game night, have helped you become a welcoming home to many young LGBTQ families in your community. Your use of social media and engagement with the local newspaper project a joyful image of your work. You are a visible face of inclusive welcome and social justice in your small Southern Oregon town. You are living our faith out loud.
Not only do you care for your community, you are well connected with the larger faith. You make good use of UUA resources, from leadership trainings to educational resources. You are active in SOUUP, the Southern Oregon UU Partnership, working with other small town UU congregations in your part of the state. And you are an honor congregation, reliable in contributing your fair share to the larger association.
Thank you for the good ministry you are doing. It is an honor for us all to walk with you in this important work.
Rev. Sarah Schurr
Pacific Western Region – Unitarian Universalist Association
The Rev. O. Eugene Pickett was president of the UUA from 1979 to 1985. Ordained in 1952, he served as minister of congregations in Florida, Virginia, and Georgia, as well as the Church of the Larger Fellowship. He is minister emeritus of the UU Congregation of Atlanta and the CLF and now lives on Cape Cod with his wife, church musician Helen Pickett.