We found our next minister!

Hi all,

I’m thrilled to let everyone know that we’ve hired our next minister, Rev. Marta Valentín!

Rev. Marta most recently worked for the UUA’s New England Region specializing in ministerial transitions and she has recently felt the call to come back to parish ministry. The search committee and the board are very excited that she has decided to join us here at UUCM.

Prior to her most recent job at the UUA’s New England Region, Rev. Marta served for 7 years as minister for First Church Unitarian in Littleton, MA. Her first settled ministry was at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in New Orleans where she arrived two weeks before Hurricane Katrina. She has also served as interim minister for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, VA, and at the UUA’s former staff group, Identity-based Ministries. She believes in shared ministry and views her ministry as helping her congregants find theirs.

Rev. Marta has served on various UUA and UU Minister’s Association committees, including the continuing education committee. She is a founding member of the regional anti-racism/anti-oppression/multicultural group GRACE: Growing Racial and Cultural Equity.

Rev. Marta lives in Ayer with her wife and their daughter. She was born in Spanish Harlem, NYC, and identifies as a Nuyorican – a Puerto Rican New Yorker. She is a poet, and her prayers and poems have been published by Skinner House Books in her meditation manual, A Long Time Blooming. Her works have also been published in a number of other books, including Lifting Our Voices, and Becoming: A Spiritual Guide For Navigating Adulthood. She has also worked as a music producer for WGBH Radio and as a high school teacher.

I want to thank the Search committee – Liz Ammons, Melissa Radzyminski, and Robert Heintz – for all the hard work they put in during the search process. They have been extremely thorough, and have done a fantastic job, especially given it is a nonstandard time of the year for a ministerial search. Their hard work has led to a wonderful outcome, and I truly believe Rev. Marta will help us grow as a congregation. I’m very excited to have Rev. Marta come on board, and for us all to get to know her and learn from her. Our first opportunity to do so will be on Sunday, February 26, as that will be her first Sunday service. Immediately after that service, we’re looking to have a pot luck as a welcome and an opportunity for her to get to know us better. Look for more information about that via a separate email shortly.

You can reach Rev. Marta directly at minister@uumedford.org, though note responses may be delayed initially as we get the email address set up for her use.

Thank you! As always, please feel free to ask me or any other board member if you have any questions.

Brendan Shea
UUCM Board Chair

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