The Unitarian Universalist Association will elect a new president at our annual General Assembly in June. We will have our first woman president as all three candidates are women. Our congregation gets two voting delegates. Delegates may vote absentee and need not attend the GA in person (it is in New Orleans this year). We are looking for two members who would like to be our voting delegates. Rev. Tony gets a vote as UU minister and is not counted as one of our congregation’s delegates.
Here is some information on the three candidates:
- The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray has served as lead minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix since 2008. She previously served as minister of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, Ohio, where she was a leader in congregation-based community organizing efforts, and served as intern at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville, Tennessee. After leading the UU response to Arizona’s anti-immigrant laws in 2010, she became lead organizer for the Arizona Immigration Ministry and a key organizer of the 2012 Justice General Assembly. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Harvard Divinity School. She lives with her husband, the Rev. Brian Frederick-Gray, and their 9-year-old son, Henry.
- The Rev. Alison Miller has served as senior minister of the Morristown, New Jersey, Unitarian Fellowship since 2005. She chairs the board of the Church of the Larger Fellowship and serves on the boards of the UU Legislative Ministry of New Jersey and United Way of Northern New Jersey. Miller previously served as assistant minister at the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City; as intern minister at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and on the UUA Stewardship and Development staff. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College and from Harvard Divinity School. Miller lives with her husband, David Snedden, and their four-year-old son Asher.
- The Rev. Jeanne Pupke has served as senior minister of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, Virginia, since 2006, and was consulting minister of the UU Fellowship of Central Oregon in Bend (2004-2006). She was a UUA trustee (2009-2013) and chaired the board’s Finance Committee. Once a Catholic nun, she was an executive for Diemakers, Inc., and Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters before entering the UU ministry. A director of UU Legislative Ministry of Virginia, Pupke frequently testifies for women’s, LGBTQI, and youth rights. Pupke has completed a two-year course in spiritual direction. She and wife Regina Largent, a retired Army officer, university administrator, and UU Buddhist, have been together twenty-three years.
Forum with all 3 Candidates from 2016 General Assembly
Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
Rev. Alison Miller
Rev. Jeanne Pupke