(Read the full announcement to the congregation below.)
Rev. Scott will be in Bend for Candidating Week, April 30 to May 7. There will be many opportunities for UUFCO members and friends to meet him and his wife Rebecca. He will give two sermons—on April 30 and May 7—and will also be available to meet the congregation during the meetings and activities planned that week. Fellowship activities include a congregational potluck after the service on April 30, a meet-and-greet on Wednesday, May 3 from 7–9 PM, a meet-and-greet on Friday, May 5 from 1–3 PM, and a family and children ice cream social on Saturday, May 6, from 2-4 PM at Higher Ground’s Common House. The all-important vote by members will be on May 7 after the service. There will be a gathering after the vote.
Announcement to the Congregation
Rev. Scott is completing his sixth year as a settled minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of North Hills (UUCNH) in the Pittsburgh, PA area. He received his Master of Divinity from the Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, served as chaplain at Christ Medical Hospital in Chicago, and interned at East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue, WA before accepting the call to UUCNH in 2011. His family includes his wife, Rebecca, and two children, Simon Oak (age 7) and Tessa Jane (age 5). Rebecca is a school occupational therapist.
Rev. Scott came to UUCNH soon after the church completed a major building project. He helped the congregation to discern "what's next" and to grow into that vision. Highlights of UUCNH's shared ministry during his tenure include: creating and integrating a mission and relational covenant; growing the church membership, budget, and children's and youth programs; moving social justice to the center of congregational concern with a focus on race and the environment; restructuring the church's governance structure; beginning small group ministries and increasing other religious education programming; and forming a local interfaith coalition.
Rev. Scott's background, experience, and personal qualities are impressive. His written record and excellent references as well as interviews and informal conversations demonstrate:
• a deep commitment to multigenerational parish ministry
• an engaging pulpit presence and preaching style that combines spiritual and intellectual depth
• an understanding of church systems, governance, and finances
• a calm presence, open-heartedness, authenticity, and warmth
• a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, listen deeply, and promote lay leadership
• a commitment to creating community relationships and becoming a visible, respected advocate for liberal religious values in the larger community
• abundant enthusiasm and creative energy, including a love of music, dance, and the arts
• a varied travel background (hiking the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia, traveling in Central America and New Zealand) and work experience (as an AmeriCorps volunteer, a case manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Assistant Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations at Colorado State University)
Welcome Scott, Rebecca, and Simon Oak and Tessa Jane!
Your Ministerial Search Committee