This is an exciting month! It’s finally spring! The earth is warming, the snow is melting, and the first flowers are beginning to bloom! And, very soon, if all goes as planned, you will begin to learn more about the Candidate selected by the Ministerial Search Committee. On April 28th you will have a chance to meet that person and you will have many opportunities over the following week to get to know them better. Then, on May 5th, you will have a congregational vote on whether or not to call that person to become your next settled minister!
As your Interim Minister, I will continue to be with you through the end of July. It’s hard to believe that is only 4 months away! I have so enjoyed getting to know you and working with you during these past almost 2 years, and I know that I will miss you. I also expect that I will be thrilled for you and super excited about your future with a new minister. This is such a wonderful congregation, doing such great work in the community and the world…any minister would be lucky to serve you!
Please note that I will be away at an Interim Ministers’ Seminar from April 22-26.
I will be back in Massachusetts but “behind the scenes” during your Candidating Week from April 27-May 5th, so that you can focus on getting to know your Candidate and they can focus on getting to know you.
Finally, thank you very much for your kind words and warm thoughts and prayers in response to my mother’s death. I very much appreciate your support and understanding regarding my unanticipated absence last week!
See you at church!
Our Interim Minister Rev. Wendy L Bell’s bio:
The Rev. Wendy L. Bell received her Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1997 and was ordained jointly by the First Church in Jamaica Plain and the First Parish in Chelmsford in 2000. She served as the Interim Minister of the First UU Society of Rockport, MA, before being called to the Harvard UU Church, Harvard, MA, in 2001. After completing 14 years of successful ministry in Harvard, Wendy returned to interim ministry, most recently serving the First Parish in Malden for two years before being hired as the Interim Minister of the Unitarian Church of Sharon.
Wendy grew up as a United Methodist in the Washington, D.C. area, and went to college at Grinnell in Iowa, where she studied Russian language, literature and history before graduating as a Religious Studies major. While at Grinnell, Wendy learned more about the Hebrew Prophets, World Religions – especially Eastern religious traditions – Feminist Theology, and Liberation Theology, all of which helped prepare her for a vocation as a Unitarian Universalist minister.
Wendy is passionate about climate justice. She is a graduate of the GreenFaith Fellowship Program, which was created to educate, equip and empower religious leaders of all religious traditions to become better environmental leaders. She was involved in efforts to try to stop the construction of the high pressure gas pipeline in West Roxbury. And she recently presented a paper on the prophetic role of pastors in helping to facilitate climate grief in local congregations.
Wendy currently lives in Arlington, MA, with her wife, Cathy, and their daughter, Katelynn. In her free time, Wendy loves to read, hike, camp, kayak, and spend time with her family, including her Cockapoo puppy, Winnie, and her cat, Wendell Berry. She also volunteers at a therapeutic riding program in Lincoln, and is learning to play the bagpipes.