Teaching Pastors
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Students in the Master of Divinity degree program at Meadville Lombard are given a unique experience to learn about ministry through the lens of real interaction with an actual congregation. The congregation’s minister is considered a “Teaching Pastor” whose purpose is to be a supervisor, mentor, coach, and model for how to be effective in Unitarian Universalist ministry.

During the term of these two courses, students become involved in the life of the congregation and “learn by doing,” that is, exploring how to enter into the life of a congregation, understand its people and values and, ultimately, learn how to minister to the spiritual and advocacy needs of a congregation 

At the outset of the fall term, Teaching Pastors will receive a sketch of the student’s seminar topics so they are aware of the trajectory of his/her student’s learning. Teaching Pastors are also eligible to enroll in one MLTS course per year free of charge.

Teaching Pastor Benefits
Current Teaching Pastors are entitled to audit one class each year at Meadville Lombard. As we encourage Teaching Pastors to attend the January Learning Convocation each year their student minister is in a Signature Course, we also encourage them to stay and take a course either the weekend or week after the January Learning Convocation. For more information on this, please contact the Director of Contextual Ministry.
Teaching Pastors & Churches
Sara Ascher UU Society of Wellesley Hills http://uuwellesley.org/
Paul Beckel First UU Church of Wausau http://www.uuwausau.org
Lone Broussard UU Church of Birmingham http://www.uucbham.org/
Chris Buice Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church http://tvuuc.org/
Eva Cameron UU Society of Black Hawk County http://www.uusbhc.org/
Eric Cherry UUA http://www.uua.org/
Peter Connolly UU Church of Bowling Green http://www.uubgky.org/
Jean Darling The Peoples Church of Chicago http://www.peopleschurchchicago.org/
Richard Davis UU Congregation of Salem http://www.uusalem.org/
Tom Disrud First Unitarian Church of Portland http://www.firstunitarianportland.org/
Mara Dowdall First UU Society of Burlington http://www.uusociety.org/
Kathleen Ellis First UU Church of Houston http://www.firstuu.org/
Debra Faulk Unitarian Church of Calgary http://unitarianscalgary.org/
Brian Ferguson San Marcos UU Fellowship http://smuuf.org/
Karen Fraser Gitlitz Unitarian Congregation of Saskatoon http://www.ucsaskatoon.org/
Roger Fritts UU Church of Sarasota http://www.uusarasota.org/
Emily Gage Unity Temple http://www.unitytemple.org/
Gail Geisenhaner First UU Congregation of Ann Arbor http://www.uuaa.org/
Paige Getty UU Congregation of Columbia http://www.uucolumbia.net/
Kendyl Gibbons All Souls UU Church http://allsoulskc.org/
David Herndon First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh http://www.first-unitarian-pgh.org/
Hilary Krivchenia Countryside Church UU http://www.ccuu.org/
Suzelle Lynch UU Church West http://www.uucw.org/
Dennis McCarty UU Congregation of Columbus Indiana http://www.uucolumbusin.org/
Aaron McEmrys Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara http://www.ussb.org/
John Morehouse Pacific Unitarian Church http://www.pacificunitarian.org/
Jeanne Pupke First UU Church of Richmond, VA http://www.richmonduu.org/
Kären Rasmussen UU Congregation of Columbia http://www.uucolumbia.net/
Meg Riley Church of the Larger Fellowship http://www.dailycompass.org/
David Robins Peterborough UU Church http://www.uupeterborough.org/
Lisa Schwartz UU Fellowship of Winston Salem http://www.uufws.org/
Linda Slabon UU Fellowship of DeKalb http://www.uufdekalb.org/
Sylvia Stocker UU Church of Brunswick Maine http://www.uubrunswick.org/
Mark Stringer First Unitarian Church of Des Moines Iowa http://www.ucdsm.org/
Sam Trumbore First UU Society of Albany http://www.albanyuu.org/
Jim VanderWeele Community Church Unitarian Universalist http://www.communitychurchuu.org/
Frank Wiley Summit UU Fellowship http://www.uusandiego.org/summit.htm