As many of you know, I've been serving as the acting minister of Salem's First Congregational United Church of Christ since February. The congregation has now chosen an interim minister (a position I was not interested in) and will shortly begin their expected 12-14 month search for a permanent minister. My last Sunday preaching there will be next week - June 19th at 10:30 am. All are welcome.
I've deeply enjoyed serving this church. First Congregational United Church of Christ, located just blocks from the Oregon State Capitol, is an Open and Affirming congregation with a rich history of work on issues including racial justice (way back in the late 1800s) and more recently on immigration reform. I have found the people there to be energized about ministry and deeply committed to building up the Kingdom.
Later this summer I'll be returning to the campus of UCC-related Chicago Theological Seminary to continue work that I began this winter toward a doctor of ministry degree.
At the same time, I'll be exploring new ministry opportunities and possible work with area non-profits (a copy of my current CV can be downloaded here). There are currently no UCC congregations actively searching for clergy in this conference but we are committed to Oregon for various reasons - including family commitments and our deep love for this special place.