Two congregations in the Pacific Northwest District are welcoming new ministers this fall that were arranged through the PNWD Outreach Ministry Program.
Vashon Island Unitarian Fellowship (WA) is delighted that the Rev. Heather Christensen (left, with dog Brady) and her family have moved from Girdwood, AK, to Vashon Island, where Rev. Heather officially began as VIUF Minister on October 1.
Rev. Christensen compiles the Interdependent Web weekly column for UU World magazine on-line, providing a weekly roundup of blogs and other user-generated web content about Unitarian Universalism. She also publishes a widely read personal blog, Nagoonberry.
Originally ordained as a Presbyterian minister, Rev. Christensen was awarded Unitarian Universalist Ministerial Fellowship in 2012. She says, “We are at an “all hands on deck” moment in the history of the planet. For me, ministry means equipping individuals and congregations to do the work we are called to do in the world.” Her new position with VIUF is half-time, and follows the congregation’s two years of outreach ministry with the Rev. Carmen McDowell, who recently began a full-time settled ministry with the Evergreen UU Fellowship.
Magic Valley UU Fellowship (Twin Falls, ID) began shared ministry with the Rev. Elizabeth Greene on August 1. Rev. Greene will travel once a month from her home in Boise, ID, to serve the congregation in a one-quarter-time position, and will be otherwise available by phone, email and video conference.
Rev. Greene served 25 years as minister of the Boise UU Fellowship and was named Minister Emerita upon her retirement in 2013. She was elected by the Pacific Northwest District to the UUA Board of Trustees in 2005, and served two four-year terms. She also served several years as President of the UU Ministers Association (UUMA), Pacific Northwest Chapter.
The Twin Falls Times-News has begun featuring Rev. Greene as a regular contributor to its column, The Pastor’s Corner, appearing on August 23 and October 4. Rev. Greene continues to be a prominent religion columnist for the Idaho Statesman as well, having written for the Boise newspaper for several years.
The PNWD Outreach Ministry Program is an experimental initiative in the Pacific Northwest District. Its purpose is to support smaller congregations in experiencing shared leadership with a skilled Unitarian Universalist Minister, recognizing the strong correlation between professional ministry and congregational growth (numbers, depth, meaning and mission impact).