Eureka! The search is over!

From many, many applicants, from across the country, we are delighted to have chosen the Reverend Donna Dolham, Interim Minister of the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, in Denton, Texas.  A native Mainer, Rev. Donna is a graduate of the Andover Newton Theological School (now a part of Yale University).  She also has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston University, and practiced as a clinical social worker prior to entering divinity school.

A UU for many years, Rev. Donna has attended the First Universalist Church of Auburn, Maine, where she served in numerous capacities, including as Chair of the Board of Trustees, and Chair of the Social Action committee.  When she moved to the coast, she became a member of the Midcoast UU Fellowship in Damariscotta, where she also served in a number of capacities, including as Chair of their Board and Chair of the Membership committee. As she prepared to enter ministry, she returned to the Auburn church, and they were the congregation to sponsor her on that path. She has been active in the UUA nationally, and since 2001 has served as a facilitator of Beyond Categorical Thinking trainings, along with the Rev. Keith Kron, who offered that training here at A2U2 in November.

Rev. Donna has prepared a welcome message for us, which can be found here:  https://youtu.be/4Skxc1-8Szk. Also, you might have the opportunity to get to know her a bit through her website, which can be found here: https://www.donnadolham.com/

Rev. Donna will be with us virtually from Saturday April 25, through Sunday May 3.  We had planned to host her here in person, but, as with most things in these days of COVID-19, we will have to get to know her virtually.  During her week with us, she will have the opportunity to preach two Sunday services (on April 26 and May 3), and will meet with many of you through committee meetings and more informal gatherings.

In preparation for joining us for candidating week, Rev. Donna would like to begin to get to know us all. Please feel free to share something you’d like her to know about you and your family, and send her questions you’re curious about: a2u2candidate@gmail.com

Thank you all for entrusting us with the duty to find our new minister.  It has been a big job, but a true joy.  And now, we can say our greatest satisfaction has been finding such a wonderful candidate for us all to get to know better.  We have found her to be strong, warm, gentle, smart, wise, organized, and really likeable!  Just wait till you have the pleasure to get acquainted.

Blessed be!

Pauli Juneau (chair), Erica Bartlett, Lisa Freeman, Susie Hubley, Charley Mitchell, Lewis Robinson, and Susan Selbe

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