Carey McDonald

Executive Vice President

Office of the President in Administration


Telephone: (617) 948-4304

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Carey McDonald is the UUA's Executive Vice President, helping to lead the organization in fulfilling its mission and overseeing staff operations. He previously served as the UUA's Outreach Director and as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, and is a former lay member of the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee and the Skinner House Books Board. Prior to joining the UUA, Carey worked in educational policy with the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Department of Education. Carey is a seventh generation Unitarian Universalist and a member of First Parish in Malden, MA and the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, Ohio. He was active in Columbus as a youth leader in the Ohio Meadville District Youth Adult Committee and with Diverse and Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM). Carey holds a bachelors in Economics from Pomona College in Claremont, CA, and a masters in Organizational Leadership from Wheelock College in Boston, MA (now a part of Boston University).

He lives Malden, MA with his spouse and kids. He was elected in 2021 as a Malden City Councillor At Large.

From Carey McDonald

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Entry points are a great way to introduce your congregation to new people and help them learn how to get involved.

By Carey McDonald | September 6, 2016 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: Outreach & Marketing

This fall, Unitarian Universalists have a rare and profound opportunity for faith development when Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War airs on PBS on September 20, 2016. The 90-min. film tells the story of two WWII Unitarians who went into Nazi-occupied Europe to help hundreds escape. When I...

By Carey McDonald | September 6, 2016 | From Call and Response
Tagged as: Immigration, Refugees, Social Justice

The UUA Outreach team offers tips, tools and exercises to help extend the outreach of your congregation!

Training | By Carey McDonald, Sarah Gibb Millspaugh | April 12, 2016 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: Membership Growth & Outreach

As Unitarian Universalists, we have a traditionally operated under a model of church that doesn’t acknowledge the kept track of one aspect of involvement in church life, “membership”, which typically means signing a congregation’s membership book and making an annual pledge. But in reality,...

By Carey McDonald, Lori Emison Clair, Marie Luna | October 6, 2015 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: Membership Growth & Outreach

The key to successful outreach amid the changing religious landscape, particularly with the unaffiliated or Spiritual But Not Religious sets, will likely be to speak to why people would want to show up in the first place, not just what can keep them there year after year.

By Carey McDonald | September 23, 2015 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: Outreach & Marketing, Membership Growth & Outreach

There was a period in my life when, within three months, all my major relationships changed. The most joyous of these was getting married; Sarah and I had dated for three and a half years, and I proposed to her at our holiday party....

Reading | By Carey McDonald | April 26, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Change, Direct Experience, Letting Go, Marriage, Transformation, Young Adults

400 Years of Systemic Racism in One Decision Unitarian Universalist Association fights for Racial Justice, for ending Mass Incarceration and for stopping the systematic dehumanizing of people all over America. Join us in this cause....

By Carey McDonald | December 2, 2014 | From Issues and Trends
Tagged as: Activism, Beliefs & Principles, Community, Connections, Equity, Faith, Homecoming / Ingathering, Interdependence, Leadership, Purpose, Secular, Spirituality, Truth, Unitarian Universalism, Young Adult Faith Development (ages 18-35), Anti-Oppression, Multiculturalism, Faith Development, News, Social Justice, UUA Headquarters

Pew Forum’s March 7 re…; on the Millennial Generation (age 18-33) was yet another poll that highlighted the rising number of young people who are nonreligious. However, Pew’s report also made an important new connection, which is that the decline of religion among Millennials is rooted in the...

By Carey McDonald | April 10, 2014 | From Future of Faith
Tagged as: Growth, Unitarian Universalism, Young Adult Faith Development (ages 18-35), Faith Development

DAY 17: Put Love into Practice First Parish in Milton to talk about what it means to do good in the world. This great group of teens is raising money for an organization jn the Boston area called Bridge Over Troubled Waters, which provides life-changing services for homeless and at-risk youth,...

By Carey McDonald | February 3, 2014 | From Social Justice
Tagged as: Connections, Love, Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, Solidarity, Unitarian Universalism, UU Identity, Valentine's Day, Faith Development, Social Justice
By Carey McDonald | January 31, 2014 | From Stories and Voices
Tagged as: Activism, Choice, Equity, Identity, Secular, Spiritual Practice, Unitarian Universalism, UU Identity, Congregational Action, Multiculturalism, Social Justice

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