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KUUF is excited to announce Chris Rothbauer as our new minister!! His first Service will be on Sunday August 16th.
During his candidating week he attended meetings, dinners, potlucks, teas and delivered two sermons. He met with individuals and groups and he laughed with our children.
He carefully listened to us and shared his ideas and enthusiasm for ministry and his vision for our fellowship. He began contributing right away, connecting the web team to valuable resources for our new web site and suggesting theme based worship to the worship committee. We look forward to his arrival and understand why the search committee was so excited about him.
A wholehearted thank you to the search committee members who invested many hours and gave much thought to this process.
Below is Chris Rothbauer's message to KUUF
My name is Chris Rothbauer. I'm 34 and grew up in Southern Indiana near Louisville, Kentucky so I'm very familiar with the Midwest. I hold a BA in Philosophy and English from Indiana University and a MA in Philosophy from University of Sheffield. I enjoy hiking, running, watching my favorite shows, The Walking Dead and Doctor Who, traveling, reading, and my newest hobby I just started this year, ice skating. I'm an avid hockey, soccer, and baseball fan and love rooting for my Chicago teams, the Blackhawks, Fire, and Cubs.
Before coming to ministry, I worked in a variety of fields, including in retail sales, as a taxi dispatcher, as a writing help tutor, and as a substitute teacher with an interest in elementary special needs. I attended seminary at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and earned my Master of Divinity in 2014. I will graduate this year with a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies after completing a thesis on Unitarian Universalism and classism. I currently serve on the advisory group for UU Class Conversations.
I have extensive international experience. I did a year abroad at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England in 2007 and completed my MA at the University of Sheffield in Sheffield, England in 2010. In 2013, I was chosen to be Meadville Lombard's Tsubaki Grand Shrine scholar, which allowed me to travel to Suzuka, Japan to learn about the Shinto religion from its source. My internship is in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I've also traveled to Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, France, Spain, and Morocco.
I grew up in a very conservative Christian house and spend much of my 20's identifying as an atheist. Today, my spiritual path is as a Zen Buddhist, and I have an extensive interest in eastern religion, especially in native religions. My personal spiritual path is very nature based, and I couldn't have asked for a better natural environment than the Keweenaw Peninsula.
I am excited to have the opportunity to be in Houghton and serve as minister to KUUF. My hope is to share your journeys on the road we call life. I have a strong passion and calling for religious education, pastoral care, and social justice, and look forward to finding new ways for KUUF to fulfill its vision to be "encouraging justice, equality, compassion, and growth for all humankind, and responsible stewardship of our environment." My dream is for KUUF to be a beacon of liberal religion in the Keweenaw Peninsula and the rest of the Upper Peninsula and my hope is that we will, together, be a congregation that inspires and transforms the world. What are your hopes and dreams for KUUF? I look forward to talking with each of you and getting to hear your vision of KUUF's future during candidating week in May.
Christopher A. Rothbauer, MDiv
Email chris (at) unitarianscalgary.org
"Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God." - Maya Angelou