It is with great enthusiasm that the Presidential Search Committee submits for the nomination process the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray for President of the Unitarian Universalist Association. We unanimously endorse her candidacy equally to that of the Rev. Alison Miller.
The Reverend Susan Frederick-Gray has served as Lead Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix since 2008. She previously served as minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, Ohio, where she was a local and state-wide leader in congregational based community organizing efforts. Additionally, she was the Intern and Sabbatical Minister at the First UU Church of Nashville, TN. After leading the Unitarian Universalist response to Arizona’s anti-immigrant laws in 2010, she became the Lead Organizer for the Arizona Immigration Ministry, holding primary responsibility for both the vision and local political relationships, as well as the service and witness events of the 2012 Justice General Assembly. Susan came of age at Eliot Unitarian Chapel near St. Louis. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a degree in Molecular Biology and from Harvard Divinity School. She lives with her husband, the Rev. Brian Frederick-Gray, and their nine-year-old son Henry. www.susanfrederickgray.com
A few words about our committee’s process: In making our initial nominations, we came to a consensus decision. From a group of highly-qualified, dynamic candidates, we chose two individuals we knew would be tremendous leaders for our association of congregations. Continuing to believe that a two-candidate race offers a deeper and clearer conversation, we present to you now these two strong, visionary, and spiritually-grounded leaders.
We previously presented for nomination the Reverend Alison Miller. Alison has served as Senior Minister of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship since 2005. She serves as Chair of the Board of Church of the Larger Fellowship, and on the Boards of the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of NJ and United Way of Northern New Jersey. Alison also served as Assistant Minister at All Souls New York City, and as Intern Minister at All Souls in Tulsa, OK. She lead the Mind the Gap Campaign, the largest stewardship campaign for Youth and Young Adult Ministries to date, which included fundraising, education, support and resourcing over 300 congregations’ participation in the UUA’s Capital Campaign and led to the expansion of youth and young adult programs locally and nationally. She is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist from an interfaith family who felt called to serve our faith from a young age. Alison graduated from Bryn Mawr College and from Harvard Divinity School. She lives with her husband, David Snedden, and their four-year-old son Asher. www.alisonforuuapresident.org
We feel confident that the election of either Rev. Frederick-Gray or Rev. Miller will ensure a strong future for our Association, and we look forward to Unitarian Universalists getting to know them and their visions.