Associate Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis
Susan is the right leader for this time in our Unitarian Universalist religious history. She knows key faith leaders, has been active in human rights and was a part of one of the most successful GA’s I’ve been a part of at the 2012 “Justice General Assembly.” Susan is bold, direct and a strong leader. She has an old-soul and is ready to be the first female president of the UUA.
Senior Minister, River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Susan has a rare combination of strategic thinking and ministerial presence that is essential to the effective functioning of the President of our Association. We ask our President to be a poet in the public sphere and to speak theologically and morally on behalf of our faith. We also expect our President to work collaboratively with staff and board members to manage the affairs of the Association in a matter consistent with our values. Susan is capable of holding both roles with care, courage, and deep intention. I’m proud to offer her my support.
Acting Dean of Students and Community Life, Starr King School for the Ministry
As a lifelong UU, Susan knows that a spiritual vitality is the essential foundation for our ministries – fostering hope, inspiration and resilience in these uncertain times.
As a leader, Susan brings many personal gifts to the role of UUA President. She is visionary and strategic. She listens well, fosters other leaders, welcomes input, and can make decisions. Susan can inspire a crowd and connect one on one with an individual. Compassionate and courageous, enthusiastic and tenacious, she is willing to take some risks and also knows that real change requires significant commitments over the long haul. She even enjoys fundraising and is excited by the opportunity to bring additional resources to empower our faith! Susan’s leadership prioritizes relationships. She builds trust. From trust grows authentic and effective collaboration.
When I was serving as Executive Director of the UU Legislative Ministry of California, I asked Susan to be part of my small “justice ministry think tank”. Her spiritual depth, on-the- ground experience, intelligence, insight, imagination, humility and practical ideas were most helpful to me as I worked to establish a statewide ministry that was charting new ground. Susan is an outstanding religious leader with compelling priorities for such a time as this. I wholeheartedly endorse the Rev. Susan Frederick Gray for UUA President.