Congregation Approves Rev. Kate Walker as New Settled Minister
The week of April 25 to May 2 was an exciting week for First Unitarian. This was Candidating Week for our candidate for settled ministry, the Rev. Dr. Kate Walker.
Rev. Kate comes to us from Mt Vernon Unitarian Church in Alexandria VA, and previously served at Meadville Unitarian Church in Meadville PA. She is an experienced and active minister both in her congregations and in the larger UUA community, having served in several leadership roles in the UU Ministers Association and in UU historical associations.
You can find out more about Rev. Kate at revkatewalker.com.
Despite the pandemic challenge of conducting an entire Candidating Week via Zoom meetings and Youtube livestreaming, it was a wonderful week for Rev. Kate and First Unitarian. The week began and ended with Sunday services conducted by Rev. Kate, and included two open meetings for the whole congregation as well as smaller meetings with many groups in our congregation, including social justice committees, past board presidents, finance, stewardship, investment and membership committees, the safe re-opening task force, our worship associates team, young adults, Women’s Alliance, the covenant group advisory team, participants in our music, art and dance programs, First Unitarian families, our operational and program staffs, and more.
As we got to know Rev. Kate we offered kindness, hospitality and genuine hard questions, we voiced our needs, and we demonstrated a welcome curiosity about Rev. Kate and her family. It became more and more clear throughout the week, that Rev. Kate is a great match for First Unitarian, and First Unitarian is a great match for Rev. Kate.
Finally, on May 2, we held a congregational meeting to vote on the question, “Shall the Rev. Dr. Kate Walker be called to be the Minister for the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh?”
An impressive 174 voting members participated, and 100% of the votes cast were in favor of calling Rev. Kate. With this enthusiastic and positive response, we are ready to begin a new chapter with Rev. Kate at First Unitarian, with deep gratitude for all of the challenges and opportunities it will present as we strive together in our personal search for truth and meaning, in strengthening our church community, and in more actively and directly engaging in social justice issues in the larger community.
As part of the Unitarian Universalist Association ministerial selection process, Rev. Kate prepared a biographical website with information about her ministerial career, her family, her community activities and avocations.
Dr. Kate also recorded this greeting message for First Unitarian Church:
Here are the YouTube livestream links for Rev. Kate’s two Sunday worship services:
Apr 25: https://youtu.be/9fzLVbv4iFw
May 2: https://youtu.be/ULHedMbN2JY