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Meet Our New Minister, Rev. Christe Lunsford!

On Sunday, March 5, the UUFG Congregation voted to call Rev. Christe Lunsford to serve as the Fellowship's new settled minister. Christe has accepted the call; their ministry will officially begin on August 1, 2019.

Christe Lunsford, Ministerial CandidateRev. Christe Lunsford is currently serving as Intern Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Rockford, Illinois. Christe holds a Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School as well as a Masters in Fine Arts for Theatrical Production and Design from Florida Atlantic University.

Rev. Christe is excited about joining the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville to celebrate the joys and sorrows in life in beloved community while seeking truth and meaning in the world.

Christe is dedicated to anti-racism and anti-oppression work. As a trans-masculine/non-binary person who uses they/them pronouns, Rev. Christe’s call toward parish ministry serves to lift up voices from the margins as a way of de-centering whiteness and demand the same of others. They work to create communities that are able to have deep conversations about difficult topics, ever-seeking what holds each of us back from creating the world in which we wish to live.

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Gratitudes from the Ministerial Search Committee

altWe want to thank you, the congregation, for the trust you gave to the seven of us last April, both by sharing our names with the Governing Board when they called each of you and asked who you would want to see on your Ministerial Search Committee, and when you voted to elect us to represent you at the Congregational Meeting. It has been quite the experience! Although, yes, it has been time-consuming and at certain times both emotionally and physically exhausting, it has also been a profound privilege. We have been honored to get to know our congregation and Unitarian Universalism in a deeper and broader way, and had the good fortune to meet some wonderful ministers along the way. The seven of us may never have been in a small group together any other way, and we have all been so enriched by each other. So thank you all for the trust and the gifts of deeper friendship and self-knowledge that we have gained.

Along the way, you all have shown up and engaged with each other at our Cottage Meetings, our Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop, and by filling out our very in-depth congregational survey. And this past week, so many of you have taken the extra time to come in, stay late, and otherwise reach out to get to know Christe personally. Finally, over 73% of you stayed after service last Sunday to overwhelmingly vote to call Christe Lunsford as our settled minister. What a deeply satisfying way to complete our service as your ministerial search committee. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

For those who helped us with our work along the way, organizing information, schedules, and gatherings, you have our deepest gratitude. Thank you: Mary Anthony, Heather Arata, Richard Ashwick, Gene Cowell, Diane dePuydt, David Etherington, Martha and Vic Harrell, Rev. Cathy Harrington, Hazel Hazlett, Judith Kendall, Rev. Maureen Killoran, Leah Cobb Lee, Debby Jo Malickson, Harry Mangle, Peter Marino, Carol Mathews, Heather McAuslane, Deborah McEdward, Gene Mills, Debra Neill-Mareci, Cam Pierce, Marilyn Roberts, Bev Sanders, Martha Soles, Jeff Stevens, Liz Stewart, and Paula Waterman.

With deep gratitude,
Lynne Capehart, Samara Crutchfield, Jeff Dunn, Alisha Dusty, Pete Runyan, Lauren Samuels, and Kristin Stevens

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After Sunday Services
Meet two members of the search committee who will answer any questions you may have.

Sunday Services
Please plan to attend both Sunday services when Christe will be preaching, April 28 and May 5.

Sunday, Apr. 28, 2019
12 pm - 2 pm
Potluck lunch

Sunday, May 5, 2019
12:10 pm - 1:30 pm
Congregational Vote
All members should plan to attend this meeting where we vote on whether or not we ratify the Search Committee's choice and therefore choose Christe as our new settled minister!

Email your search committee

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