New England Region Congregational Life staff is committed to supporting the health and vitality of Unitarian Universalist congregations in New England. Since joining the team in May, my focus has been to build on the high level of service currently provided by team members to congregations. One way of doing that is to increase effectiveness and efficiency by enhancing capacity and capability. With that in mind we will be partnering with cross-regional colleagues over the coming church year to fortify our services and program offerings, while assessing our operational needs.
I am pleased to announce that we will enjoy the partnership of Central East Regional colleague, Rev. David Pyle for one year beginning August 15. David brings a strong portfolio of skills and a wealth of experience to our Congregational Life staff, specializing in congregational governance, the arts of ministry (worship and pastoral care), church staffing, large church support, and professional staff misconduct response and recovery. David is a current member of the UUA Disaster Response Committee. He also serves as a U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain at Joint Base Maguire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. Before joining UUA staff, David served as a minister for congregations in California, Michigan, and Illinois, and as a Church Administrator for a congregation in Texas.
Listen to “Getting Proximate” with Rev. David Pyle, Sermon at the UU Congregation of Fairfax, VA:
David reflects on author Bryan Stevenson’s Ware Lecture at the 2017 General Assembly on Getting Proximate — with those whose life experiences and perspectives are drastically different than ours, to really listen, and to change the narrative, in order to make the most transformative change happen within ourselves, our movement, and the wider world (22 min). Listen Now
Please join us in welcoming Rev. David Pyle. We look forward to his partnership, contributions and spiritual leadership as we strengthen support for New England Region congregations.
Woullard Lett, Acting Regional Lead