One of the great strengths of First Unitarian’s ministry is our Director of Finance and Administration, Deb Dessert. She has served First Unitarian for more than nine years after a career that has spanned more than 42 years. I have reluctantly accepted Deb’s stated intent to retire in 2018. We have discussed the best timing for this change in our life together as a faith community—both in terms of the ebb and flow of Deb’s work and her desire for more time with her (already retired) husband. We’ve agreed that beginning Feb. 1, Deb will shift from nearly full-time to a consultant role with a pared-down set of responsibilities until will bring in a new Director.