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Settled Senior Minister Candidate Selected! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Hagemann   
Sunday, 02 April 2017 00:00


[The Ministerial Search Committee was pleased to make this announcement at both services last Sunday, April 2, 2017:]



 Good Morning!

Since August of last year, the Search committee has worked toward today: the day we can announce to you that we have selected a candidate to be our new Settled Senior Minister.  We couldn’t be more pleased and excited.  

Her name is Marian Stewart and she comes to us from the Seattle area.  Marian has a wealth of knowledge and experience to lead First UU into the next phase of our congregational life.  She has been Minister at her present church for nine years, where she has nearly doubled the membership.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Management, attended Meadville Lombard for her Master of Divinity, and has a doctorate in Ministry from Seattle University. She has a passion for Social Justice, reads management books for fun and goes blueberry picking with church families.  Best of all, she has shown us she’s the kind of minister who will love and guide us with a warm heart and an energetic spirit.


We can’t possibly tell you all her wonderful qualities in the time we have this morning.  You’ll just have to meet her when she comes for candidating week from April 30 through May 7.  Marian will preach both of these Sundays followed by a vote on the 7th.  Stay tuned for updates on the Search Bulletin Board, and email blasts with additional information regarding opportunities to interact with Marian.

All of us on the search committee want to thank all of you, members and friends of the church, for the trust and guidance you’ve given us along the way, and the patience you’ve demonstrated throughout this long process.

The time to celebrate is near.

Thank you again from the Search Committee:  Judy Kleen, Morgan Patton, Lou Bernard, Larry Drake, Donna Greenman, Emma Merchant, Willow Otten, Christine McDevitt