Thoughts from Community Ministry, September 2018

Rev. Sue Magidson, Community Minister

Where is Jeremiah??

UU ministers are trained to be flexible – to have the capacity to serve in congregations andin the community. Some ministers spend their careers serving in one of these settings; others move back and forth between the two. Such is the case with the Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae. Jeremiah began his ministry as the Beyond Sunday minister at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco. When he began serving as Director of Admissions at Starr King School for the Ministry, he became one of UUCB’s Affiliated Community Ministers, working closely with our Membership Committee.

Jeremiah took a leave from community ministry last spring when he was asked to serve as sabbatical minister at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland. I’m delighted to announce that he’s just begun a three-year contract ministry with the Unitarian Universalists of Petaluma. This means that Jeremiah will no longer be serving as one of UUCB’s community ministers. We’re grateful for his service to UUCB and wish him well.

Meanwhile, UUCB has four other Affiliated Community Ministers – the Rev. Cat Cox, the Rev. Jane Ramsey, the Rev. Theresa Hardy, and me. We’re ordained UU ministers who have chosen to focus our professional ministries in the community and to formally affiliate with UUCB. In practice, this means that our paid work is in the community and that we each contribute voluntarily to UUCB.

For example, my “day job” is as a hospital chaplain. Over the years, I’ve contributed to UUCB by preaching, leading midweek evening worship and programs, speaking at Personal Theology, and serving as one of the Sunday chaplains. I’ve been a member of UUCB for over twenty years, and am delighted to serve my beloved community in this way.