The Revs. Kristin Grassel Schmidt and Christian Schmidt were called in July 2016 to be the settled senior co-ministers of this congregation. They are passionate about the mission of this church and its presence in the larger East Bay Community, and the power in shared ministry to deepen spiritual lives and help heal our world.
Previously, they served together as interim ministers of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Cherry Hill, NJ, and in separate settings at several churches in Massachusetts.
Kristin originally hails from Maryland, and Christian from Texas. They have been married since 2010, and have two sons who are active in the congregation.
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One of the co-ministers can be reached by email or by phone at the church (510-525-0302) on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Outside of those business hours, or if you have a pastoral care emergency, please call 510-592-8738 and leave a message with your name, a brief description of why you called, and how best to reach you. They will respond to urgent and emergency messages as soon as they can and all other messages the next time they are in the church office.
UUCB has five affiliated community ministers: Rev. Cat Cox, Rev. Theresa Hardy, Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, Rev. Sue Magidson, and Rev. Dr. Jane Ramsey. Each is an ordained UU minister whose primary ministry is in the larger community outside our congregation. Out in the world, they serve as professional hospice and hospital chaplains, spiritual directors, and seminary staff. At UUCB, they serve in membership, workshop facilitation, pastoral care, teaching, and preaching. With few exceptions, their service at UUCB is unpaid. The word “affiliated” means that they each have a formal relationship with UUCB, voted on by the Board, and summarized in a written covenant.
UUCB is also blessed with several other ministers who are not formally affiliated community ministers but still add to the power of community with their pastoral, spiritual or justice-seeking presence.
Barbara and Bill Hamilton-Holway served as UUCB’s co-ministers from 1996 until their retirement in 2014. During this time, they also played leadership roles in Unitarian Universalism nationally. They retired as of June 1, 2014, and the congregation voted to bestow emeritus status on them at the May 18, 2014, Congregational Meeting.