Deepening Relationship

Message from the Minister

Beloved Members and Friends,

Over the next few months, there will be a monthly theme. We will begin in October with the theme deepening relationship. This will be evident in some of the services as well as in the interim work. There will be several opportunities to share your thoughts with me and the Committee on Ministry Interim Transition Team. Some of the opportunities will explore the history of the church through the stories you share.

In October, we will be holding a series of six listening circles via Zoom. The dates are Saturday, Oct. 2nd at 10 am, Sunday, Oct. 3rd at 4 pm, Tuesday, Oct. 12th at 6:30 pm, Friday, Oct. 15th at Noon, Wednesday, Oct. 20th at 2 pm, and Saturday, Oct. 23rd at 2 pm. You are invited to register here. If you are unable to attend any of these sessions but would like to participate, please email me at Additional sessions may be scheduled, or individual meetings could be scheduled focusing on the same questions.

These listening circles will be an intentional space in which members or supporting friends will be asked to reflect on a series of questions. The topics of these questions are focused on what is important to you about the church, how you have been involved, and the wishes that you have for the future. The process will provide each person the opportunity to share their answer uninterrupted and will not involve discussion. The conversations will not be considered private because this information is key to the interim process and goals. I will be facilitating these groups in collaboration with one member of the Transition Team for each session. The transition team includes Linda Wright, Carolyn DuDard, Badia Askari, Bob Deyle, Erika Frisby, and Sally Andersen.

May you be well,
Rev. Holly

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Rev. Holly Brown, Interim Minister
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Rev. Holly (they/them/theirs) was ordained on April 3, 2021, by Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church in Charlotte and Salisbury, NC, where they served as a ministerial intern. Rev. Holly earned their Master of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO) with a special focus on UU courses offered by the UU House of Studies at MTSO. During seminary, they served as a student minister at North Unitarian Universalist Church in Lewis Center, Ohio and student chaplain during one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Rev. Holly also served as an Interim Director of Religious Education at the UU Congregation of Greenville, NC before perusing ministry.

Rev. Holly has a passion for Racial Justice, LGBTQIA Rights, Interfaith Work, and Mental Health Awareness and Accessibility Justice. In addition to local justice work, Rev. Holly is a member of several UUA and UUMA (UU Ministers Association) groups including TRUUsT (Trans Religious professional Unitarian Universalists Together), Trans/Nonbinary Ministers, Ministers with Disabilities, ARE (Allies for Racial Equity), and the UU Mental Health Network.