General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ
Susan is a remarkable leader. She brings a combination of gifts that equip her well to lead this Association. She has a compassionate heart which derives from a spiritual connection to her community, to her Sacred, to the Earth. She walks gently in the world because she recognizes the value of all living things. She is a deep thinker with the intellectual capacity to see complexity, to analyze nuance, to anticipate consequence, and to envision outcome. She inspires others to bring their best for the sake of a cause or a movement worth showing up for. She is present with voice, courage and conviction on the margins, speaking truth to power in love in order to destabilize systems founded by injustice and feeding on the poor and marginalized. She creates safe spaces for others to enter with their whole self – not just the parts that the powerful want and expect. She knows what an association like the UUA brings in partnership to a larger movement of change-makers called to create a new kind of human community where all are valued and the common good is served; and she will do everything in her power to realize the full capacity and potential of this remarkable denomination as an agent for social transformation. It would be an honor for me to serve alongside this gifted, this visionary, and this spiritual leader as we do all that we can to bring peace, justice, and spiritual health and vitality to a world and a country so much in need of these very things.
I have admired Rev. Susan’s ministry for a long time, but especially for her leadership of the Justice General Assembly of 2012: she showed us what was possible for our movement. She listens well. She communicates clearly her considerable heart and mind. She inspires action. Her combination of practical savvy, plus her passion for faith are exactly what we need now.
I’ve known Susan for 20 years and am thrilled for our Association that she’s running for UUA President. She is a skilled administrator and loving pastor. As a leader, she is both practical and visionary, grounded and passionate. Susan’s approach is relational and her work is mission-driven. She knows we need organizational clarity and financial generosity to stay vital as a movement, and she brings a proven track record in fundraising and church growth. Moreover, as a true ally, Susan has modeled how to learn from and stand with local justice leaders and interfaith colleagues. Her courage and compassion inspire me and give me hope. As we face troubling times and uncertainty about the future, Susan’s depth of experience, spiritual grounding, maturity, scholarship and passion are just what we need.
It was after the immigration justice General Assembly in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2012, that the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray felt called to greater leadership in the Unitarian Universalist Association. Ju...