The Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains in Grass Valley today announced the departure of the Rev. Meghan Cefalu, their first “settled” minister, after more than seven years of service.
She has been called to the First Unitarian Society in Newtown, Mass., beginning Wednesday.
A large potluck gathering Dec. 15 marked the community’s official farewell to their beloved minister, according to the church. Her final service was Christmas Eve.
The Rev. Cefalu received her master’s degree in Divinity from Starr King School of Ministry in Berkeley in 2005 and began her employment as UUCM’s first “settled” minister in 2006. Under her leadership, UUCM has experienced a significant increase in membership, along with expansion of Religious Education and other church programs, and major improvements to the church facility.
Janet Dunstan, president of the UUCM Board of Trustees, said, “Rev. Meghan taught us about the power of interpersonal relationships and how it transforms our lives. Because of her, we are a community of loving, caring people who welcome diversity and live by our Covenant of Right Relations. We have all become more fully human … an amazing experience. She will be sorely missed.”
UUCM will be served for the next six months by contract minister, the Rev. Denis Paul of Modesto. The Rev. Paul is warm, dynamic and rich in experience, according to the church.
The Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains is a welcoming congregation open to all. UUCM is located at 246 Church Street in Grass Valley. Contact 530-274-1675, or visit the website at www.uugrassvalley.org.