Pastoral support for students is available thanks to the John Young Fellowship

John Young, DMin ’71, established the John Young Fellowship with a generous gift to Meadville Lombard.

The gift:

  • Supports the school by bringing experienced Unitarian Universalist ministers to Meadville Lombard who can assist students in their practical understanding of ministry and their vocational formation;
  • Empowers the Fellows to share their most effective spiritual practices and ministerial insights with students; and
  • Provides UU ministers an opportunity to study at Meadville Lombard and to avail themselves of the school’s educational resources.

Currently, the fund is used to hire a chaplain to provide pastoral support to our students. Current students receive a message and contact information for the chaplain in This Week @ Meadville Lombard (the weekly bulletin) each month.

Past Fellows and Areas of Focus

  • 2006: Gordon Gibson: Civil rights movement and tour
  • 2007: James Ford: Buddhism
  • 2009: Brian Covell: Lay leadership development
  • 2010: Douglas Taylor: Leading theological reflection in our congregations
  • 2011: Christine Robinson: Introverts being successful ministers
  • 2012: John Morehouse: Polity
  • 2013: Barbara Gadon: Chaplain for January Intensives
  • 2014-2016: Teresa Schwartz: Chaplain for January Intensives
  • 2017-2021: Teresa Schwartz: Chaplain for January and Spring Intensives
  • 2021-present: Eileen Wiviott: Chaplain