Family Ministry Staff
Director of Family Ministry Merrin Clough
Merrin has grown into the woman she is, thanks in part, to her life-long journey as a Unitarian Universalist. Raised in Florida, she is trained as an educator and has taught grades 1, 2, and 5. In addition to her teaching experience, Merrin brings with her insights from the four different UU churches in which she has worked. Her career has taken her from Florida to North Carolina, West Virginia, New Jersey, Virginia, and now California. She and her newly-wedded husband, Jared Bunde, both enjoy hiking through the lush terrain of Northern California. If not hiking, she may be creating some new sewing project or flexing her artistic skills, to help maintain her inner balance. Merrin has a passion for the work she does here at the church and hopes to be here for years to come.
Read Merrin’s blog, Reflections on Family Ministry.
Family Ministry Assistant Kathryn Hack
Kathryn has a passion for people and a genuine curiosity about the world around her. Religion and spirituality has been a part of her life since she was a very young child. Although, her exposure to more progressive religious movements came later in life, she has found a real “home” among Inclusive spiritual practitioners and feels grateful to have found herself here at UUCB. Raised in Ohio, Kathryn has continued to move west once she left home. Educated at Trinity Bible College in North Dakota, she felt called to work with college kids at American universities. She spent 9 years as a campus pastor in California, Montana, and Oregon, before meeting and marrying her husband of 6 years, Christopher. She was a stay at home parent for their two amazing kids for nearly 5 years before realizing she really wanted to work outside the home again. The very day she read the ad for a Family Ministry Assistant position at UUCB she told her husband, “It sounds like they are describing ME!”