Meet Our Interim Minister
The Rev. Dr. Anita Farber-Robertson has joined A2U2 as our Interim Minister, to help us create our vision for the future as we prepare to call a settled minister in the spring of 2020. Rev. Anita defines her calling as “the special ministry of loving a congregation into being who they dream to be, offering a holding space in which it is safe to wonder and safe to learn, where they can rediscover themselves and what brings them joy and meaning.”
Rev. Anita is a fully Accredited Interim Minister who has been serving congregations in transition since 1999. She gets great joy from watching congregations blossom as they recognize their capacities and claim their dreams as intentional goals. She brings the tools and the space for our congregation to assess itself, conceive a future, identify its gifts and strengths and develop a strategy for becoming the congregation we wish to be. Together with Rev. Anita, our Congregation will release the energy, employ the reclaimed skills, learn new skills, and become the change we dream of.
Rev. Anita served as settled pastor in two Unitarian Universalist congregations in Canton and Swampscott, Massachusetts for a total of 19 years, attaining fellowship first in Parish Ministry and later in Community Ministry. She is on the Guidelines Committee of the UU Ministers’ Association and has taught at Andover Newton Theological School. Her experience with congregations covers a broad spectrum of sizes and cultures; the smallest congregation she has served as minister gathered 45 souls, while the largest, 500.
Her book, Learning While Leading, Increasing your Effectiveness in Ministry, has been used in seminaries around the world. Her essays on other topics have been published in anthologies and she co-authored Called to Community, New Directions in Unitarian Universalist Ministry, with Dorothy May Emerson, published in 2013. She also consults with congregations and leads workshops for clergy and lay leaders in interim ministry, conflict management, adaptive change, anti-racism/diversity training, supervision, and time management.