Salem News profiles Rev. Gillespie

The Salem News today publishes a profile of our new settled minister, the Rev. Frieda Gillespie. The story, by Kelsey Klerowski, describes Frieda’s journey from successful computer consultant to minister and adoptive mother. Klerowski writes:

As a child, Gillespie attended a Unitarian Universalist church, but stopped going after high school. In 1998, she walked back through the doors of a UU church, where something inside her just clicked.

“I had the ‘Ah-ha’ kind of experience,” she said.

Gillespie found herself drawn to the church, but especially to what a life of ministry had to offer. For her, there was nothing better than a profession that combined teaching, counseling and community building.

If you are checking us out because of the News’ story, we hope you will come visit us. Our services are held on Sundays at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee at around 11:45. Our Religious Education Program serves kids from pre-school to high school.

This coming Sunday should be especially interesting, as Rev. Gillespie will preside over our first-ever “Blessing of the Animals” service.