The Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick has chosen Reverend Kharma Amos as its new minister.
Amos comes to UUCB with over 20 years of professional experience in ministry and social justice activism. When asked why she was drawn to the Brunswick UU congregation, Reverend Amos credits the church’s deep historical roots, active work for justice and human rights, and engagement with people many heritages and religious beliefs that share a commitment to spiritual growth.
The first Sunday services for Reverend Amos will be held during UUCB’s annual homecoming service, which will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 11, at its downtown location at the corner of Pleasant and Middle streets in Braunschweig. Those wishing to join virtually can do so via the church’s YouTube channel: UUCB AV. Immediately following the service, there will be a Brown Bag Picnic at Brunswick Town Mall, which will include activities for children.
Reverend Amos is an ordained minister with 20 years of professional experience in pastoral ministry and denominational leadership. Reverend Amos holds plural ministerial status in the Unitarian Universalist Association where she earned a preliminary fellowship in 2020, as well as the Metropolitan Community Churches where she was originally ordained in 2002. She is a preacher, activist, writer , singer, educator, fundraiser and administrator who is passionate about engaging others committed to spiritual growth, inclusive community and social justice.
Prior to beginning her work as an established minister of the Brunswick Unitarian Universalist Church, Amos worked full-time as the Resource Development Team Leader for Metropolitan Community Churches, where she was a member of the direction. She also served as a part-time minister of the Unitarian Universalists in Central Delaware.
Amos earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from the University of Oregon (1998), a master’s degree in theology from Lancaster Theological Seminary (2002), and a doctorate in ministry from Episcopal Divinity School (2008). She also served on the board of Lancaster Theological Seminary for several years.
Amos was born in Springfield, Missouri, and has lived and worked professionally in Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, and Delaware. She currently lives in Lisbon with her wife, the Reverend Diane Fisher, a Canadian who is retiring after a 30-year career in ministry.
Brunswick Unitarian Universalist Church is part of the Unitarian Universalist Association, a diverse and inclusive faith made up of more than 1,000 congregations.
The congregation that preceded the current church, Brunswick’s First Universalist Society, was organized in 1812, and there has been a stable Unitary presence in Brunswick since 1830. The current church building, a modern structure powered by solar energy, occupies the same location. like their previous building which was destroyed by fire in 2011. Among many varied programs, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick is known for its “Concerts for a Cause”, which attracts a number of high-profile artists every year in our community. Proceeds from the concert benefit a specified charity as well as other church ministries. For more information visit uubrunswick.org