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Joy Atkinson
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This month, the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains announces the arrival of its new Interim Minster, the Rev. Joy Atkinson.

After 25 years in settled ministry, including 14 years in San Mateo, Joy moved into interim ministry in 2002. She has since served two congregations for one year each, in Stockton and then Marin. Joy’s years of settled ministry service in the Pacific Central District include 20 years as a member of that district’s conflict management team.

At a time when just 5 percent of parish ministers were women, Joy was only the third woman to get a degree in her seminary. She has watched many changes in 30 years of ministry, including seeing ministering now equally shared by men and women.



Joy has a lifelong interest in science and is an “amateur astronomer.” Moving to relatively rural Nevada County, she looks forward to quality stargazing. She has held star parties elsewhere, and learning of those held here, she promises to bring her telescope.

The congregation welcomes the Rev. Joy Atkinson and looks forward to sharing her coming year of service to the UUCM. As a relatively new congregation, UUCM will benefit from Joy’s diverse training and service elsewhere as it continues building a solid congregational foundation.




Join us as we kick off a new congregational year with the distinctly Unitarian Universalist Water Communion Service. Please bring a small amount of water from your summer travels or activities (or water symbolizing those activities) to add to the communal water bowl. Coordinated by the Rev. Atkinson and Ruth Ghio.

Sunday Service is at 11 a.m. with child care and religious education at the same time, at the corner of South Church and Walsh streets in Grass Valley. Videos of last week’s service are shown on Cable Channel 11, Sundays at 2 and 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 1 p.m.

For more information, call 265-2240 or visit http://www.uugrassvalley.org/.


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