Tom Schade

Full name: Rev. Tom Schade

The Rev. Tom Schade

Rev. Tom Schade entered the Unitarian Universalist ministry in 1999, a graduate of Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. He had been a UU in his childhood but left the faith for 20 years in his young adulthood. He serves on the UUA Board of Trustees with his term ending in June of 2022.

Rev. Tom served the First Unitarian Church in Worcester, MA from 1999 to 2013, first as the Associate Minister and then as Senior Minister. During his ministry, he served in various UUMA chapter leadership positions within the Clara Barton District, including Good Officer He also served on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship, and as its President in 2003 to 2004. He also served on the Church Staff Finance Advisory Committee, representing the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association.

He retired in 2013 to follow his spouse’s career which led the family to Ann Arbor, MI. In his retirement, he wrote a regular blog “the Lively Tradition” which explores the intersection of current events and UU public theology. He served on the CENTER committee of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Association and was elected to the UUA Board of Trustees at the Spokane General Assembly in 2019.

He is married to Susan Schade. They now live in Plymouth, MA, and have two children and four grandchildren. He also serves as the Spiritual Director to two small dogs, who listen attentively, but do what they want anyway.

From Tom Schade

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What Holds UUism Down and Prevents Us From Rising? Introduction to morning presentations from Dawning Future 2015 Rev. Tom Schade of "the lively tradition"...

Video | By Tom Schade | December 15, 2017 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: Membership Growth & Outreach

Hope is not just a good idea Love is not naïve Faith is not just the brave face we put on a hopeless situation...

Quote | By Tom Schade | January 18, 2017 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Caring, Courage, Faith, Hope, Integrity, Living Our Faith, Love

O God, who moves among the stars of the cold clear sky, whose voice whispers in the silence of falling snow, whose silence stills our hearts and leaves us wondering and waiting. Lord, We are seeking Christmas, searching in this season for a hidden door to a forgotten room in the house of our very...

Prayer | By Tom Schade | January 18, 2017 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Awe, Christianity, Christmas Eve / Christmas, Friendship, God, Relationships, Searching

Night has fallen. Stars beckon in an indigo and velvet sky Somewhere a baby is being born. Tonight, the world lazes in a love of goodness while glories stream from heaven afar God is meeting us, tonight, where we are. So be not afraid, and be of good cheer, We wish you, each and all, very Merry...

Benediction | By Tom Schade | January 18, 2017 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Awe, Beauty, Christmas Eve / Christmas, Love, Tradition, Wonder

Tonight, everyone is displaced and homeless. Tonight, everyone searches for Bethlehem. On this night, when the darkness comes so close, We listen in the stillness for the songs of angels. Like shepherds, we aren't too sure of what is happening. We don't know why we are so expectant. We don't know...

Meditation | By Tom Schade | January 18, 2017 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Christianity, Christmas Eve / Christmas, Home, Hope, Journey, Searching

An unbridgeable gap is growing between Unitarian Universalism and the conservative movement.

By Tom Schade | September 1, 2016 | From UU World
Tagged as: Anti-Oppression, Change, Culture, Politics, UU History, UU Theology

My friends, There is a power at work in the universe. It works through human hands, but it was not made by human hands. It is a creative, sustaining, and transforming power and we can trust that power with our lives [and with our ministries]....

Benediction | By Tom Schade | February 25, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), 6th Principle (World Community), Awe, Creativity, God, Immanence, Mystery, Power, Service, Unitarian Universalism, Worship

Unitarian Universalism's purpose is much bigger than gathering with like-minded people for mutual support.

By Tom Schade | January 26, 2014 | From Ideas
Tagged as: UU Theology

The Wisdom from the Hebrew Scriptures program offers multigenerational workshops based on eight stories from the Hebrew scriptures. 

Curriculum | By Gail Forsyth-Vail, Tom Schade | October 26, 2011 | For Multigenerational | From Wisdom from the Hebrew Scriptures

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