Our settled minister is the Reverend Susan Frederick-Gray.
She was called by the UUCP in April 2008, by a congregational vote, with an enthusiastic and overwhelmingly favorable (>99%) majority.
Reverend Susan describes her ministry like this:
“I love Unitarian Universalism. It is the faith I grew up in. It nurtured my growth, informed my values and taught me of the transforming power of love. Our free faith welcomes all people, strives to create a beloved community within our church walls and beyond, and believes in the goodness of creation and the human heart. We carry a powerful and much needed message in the world.
I look forward to leading the congregation in its vision of building a beloved community, one that is diverse and inclusive, and which is justice-centered,” Unitarian Universalism and UUCP in particular have a long history of working for justice in the community and providing for spiritual growth through worship, community building and religious education. I am honored to be a part of this great tradition.
The UUCP is a congregation that is ready to grow (not just in numbers, but in health and its impact on society and the world), enthusiastic and motivated by our mission and vision for the future, and excited to bring the message of Unitarian Universalism to more people.
Worship, public witness, and hospitality are all a part of building this kind of growing ministry… Let’s see what we can do together.”
"We invite everyone to join us on Sunday morning... We welcome all people, regardless of race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ability to our congregation."
Reverend Susan's background:
Reverend Susan received her Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 2001, and her BS from University of Wisconsin; she also studied at the University of California Berkeley.
She was previously the settled minister at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, where she has served as parish minister since 2003 and has been honored as one of Youngstown’s “40 under 40” recipients, an award for young professionals making an impact and demonstrating a commitment to community involvement. Her interfaith and community work have brought her in contact with the Governor of Ohio and the mayor of Youngstown. She has been commended for her skill, energy and presence in all aspects of parish ministry, including preaching, pastoral care, committee and staff leadership, social justice and administration. She has been described as “a rising star in Unitarian Universalism.”
Reverend Susan is a life-long Unitarian Universalist. She grew up at Eliot Chapel, a UU congregation in Kirkwood, Missouri, where she attended YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) and where she later preached her first sermon in 1998.
She is married to the Reverend Brian Frederick-Gray, a United Church of Christ minister. They and their young son live in north Phoenix.
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