I am thrilled and honored to serve as your Transition Minister as your called
minister deepens her connection to her new baby. You are to be applauded for
calling Reverend Kristen and inviting her family to join your congregational family.
I am very glad to help make this work for all.
I will be joining you for a brief time just weeks after I have ended my 6-year service
as the Minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island.
Before that I concurrently served two small Fellowships for a year; the UU
Fellowship of Humboldt County California and the Klamath Falls Unitarian
Universalist Fellowship. This followed a year of servings as a staff chaplain at Good
Samaritan Hospital in nearby Puyallup and serving as the Ministerial Intern in Port
Through these years, I have the good fortune to connect with and work with
members and staff of Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church. This has included
observations and consultation with your DRE Melinda Einander, leading an adult RE
program offering when Reverend James Kubal-Komoto was on sabbatical leave, and
more recently speaking in your pulpit. I also have participated with SUUC folks in
demonstrations and advocacy actions in Anacortes and in Olympia through UU
Voices for Justice.
My relatively brief career in ministry followed a 32 year career as the director of
student services child care programs at the University of Oregon. During those
years, I was an active lay leader at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Eugene.
During the last years of that time I answered a call to ministry and began at age 55
to attend the distance learning and intensive immersion classes based Modified
Residency Masters of Divinity program at Meadville Lombard Theological School,
our Unitarian Universalist seminary in Chicago. After graduation I was ordained by
my home congregation in Eugene.
Since the beginning of my ministerial career, I have considered this work as an
extension of my life long commitment to helping people grow and learn to become
increasing capable and skilled in how we might best work together.
I, like this congregation, understand the importance of our connections to family. My
wife Suzanne, a life long UU, just retired as the Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at
Whidbey General Hospital. My three adult children work and study in nearby
Portland, Oregon, far away Providence Rhode Island and, even more distant, Cape
Town South Africa.
I look forward to getting to know many of you in the weeks and months as seek to
serve and be present with all of you in the truly fine congregation that is SUUC.
In these troubling times, our bold and audacious Unitarian Universalist faith holds
and comforts us and inspires us in our work to grow individually and in our seeking
and striving for a better world.
Reverend Dennis Reynolds
Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church