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All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Braintree, MA

“It’s part of the culture—our responsibility—to be a Fair Share congregation,” said the Reverend Kathryn Schmitz. Kathy, as she is known to her congregant’s, is in her ninth year of part-time ministry with All Souls. For ten years in a row, All Souls has fulfilled their Fair Share pledge, despite budget challenges experienced through those years.

Rev. Schmitz and the All Souls leaders have also experienced the benefits of their involvement in the wider Unitarian Universalist (UU) movement. They attend Ballou District events and have taken advantage of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) consulting services. When the General Assembly was held in Boston, 25 congregants attended the Service of the Living Tradition during which Kathy received her Final Fellowship in the UU ministry.

Kathy reports that the congregation is excited about their ministry to the wider world. They care deeply about marriage equality, having been a Welcoming Congregation for over twelve years. In addition, All Souls is certified as a Green Sanctuary, receiving recognition at the 2006 General Assembly. Their work for peace and justice has brought them visibility and recognition in their local community as well.

“There is a deepening sense of spirituality in our congregation that is connected to our commitment to the wider Unitarian Universalist movement,” reports Rev. Schmitz. This is reflected in the wide range of affinity and Chalice Circle small group ministry programs, from “Peace and Pizza” to “Exploring God” to “Buddhist Reflections.”

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Last updated on Thursday, September 8, 2011.

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