Interim Senior Minister – Rev. Greg Ward
The Rev. Greg Ward is a cradle Unitarian Universalist who discovered much of life’s meaning through the lens of this religious movement. He was dedicated in a UU service, nurtured and taught in our classrooms, and inspired by our continuous push toward fairness for all. He’s met and made lasting relationships in our social halls and mourned the death of family and friends in our sanctuaries. He has dedicated his career to being part of the accredited interim minister program because he sees these times of transition as powerful and tender opportunities to step beyond old habits and routines and grow in spirit, clarity and vision of the institution and the love and commitment of its members and friends. In his 18 years in UU Ministry, he has tried to bring together and coordinate what happens in our board rooms with the energy in our sanctuaries and social halls and the hopes and prayers being spoken in the streets around the congregation. He graduated from PSR in the mid-90s and is extremely excited to be back in Berkeley where he still has many friends and family close by.
Intern Minister – Zackrie Vinczen
Our ministerial intern for 2015-16 is Zackrie Vinczen, a second-year seminarian at Starr King School for the Ministry. He came to the Bay Area from Bellingham, Washington, where he and his husband were active members in the local UU fellowship. He graduated with a B.A. in Creative Writing from Western Washington University in 2013.
After finishing his internship here at UUCB, Zackrie plans to graduate with his Master’s of Divinity in 2017 and seek fellowship as a UU minister.
In addition to our Interim Senior Minister, Rev. Greg Ward and our Intern Minister, Zackrie Vinczen, UUCB is blessed with an abundance of unpaid fellowshipped and ordained Unitarian Universalist Ministers. Some are members and simply add to the power of community with their pastoral, spiritual or justice-seeking presence. Some have forged a covenanted status of Affiliated Community Minister with the congregation for a mutually beneficial cooperative ministry.
Barbara and Bill Hamilton-Holway were called by UUCB’s congregation as co-ministers in 1996. Prior to this, they served as co-ministers in Salt Lake City, Utah. During this time, they helped expand Unitarian Universalism by serving as Organizing Ministers for congregations forming in Ogden and Park City.
|Barbara is a graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry. Before ministry, she did graduate work in literature and for a decade she was a high school English teacher. Barbara also was a teacher as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Fiji Islands. She is grateful for her years parenting her now grown children Sarah and Ben. Walking, blue skies, sunshine, poetry, friends and family refresh her spirits. Barbara wants her ministry to encourage people to be true to themselves, to be who they can be, and to increase the odds on justice and love.|
|Bill graduated from Meadville/Lombard Theological School and the University of Chicago Divinity School. After graduation, he served as minister of congregations in Texas and worked for the Unitarian Universalist Association in Boston as Director of the Extension Department. During college a significant decision for Bill was registering as a Conscientious Objector. Bill’s family roots in Unitarian Universalism go back many generations. His grandparents were founders of All Souls Unitarian Church is Tulsa and his parents are founders of Hope Unitarian Church in Tulsa. Unitarian Universalism is in his blood. Family, genealogical research, reading, writing, travel, and hiking are among his great loves.|
Barbara and Bill retired on June 1, 2014 and the congregation voted to bestow emeriti status on them at the May 18, 2014 Congregational Meeting.