Susan Frederick-Gray is someone I have know for a life time — her life time. Looking back over 27 years of ministry at Eliot Chapel from now 16 years of retirement, there are few memories that are more gratifying than having watch her grow from and infant to the person who now stands before us seeking the presidency of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Susan is a warm, intelligent leader. These characteristics were evident in her quite, steady presence with her peers from nursery school on through youth programing. Her call to ministry while in college was profound. I endorse her because: she knows what church is, and how to do church; she is a gracious leader; she is well read and clear thinking.; she has youthful energy; she has a warm presence. It is time that a woman leads the UUA. I believe Susan is the woman who will serve our free faith well.
Minister, UU Fellowship of Stanislaus County, Cal.
Leading effective action, building healthy relationships, and deeply living out our UU values—this is why I’m endorsing Susan for UUA president. Susan’s ministries across the U.S. have been about building successful coalitions and relationships, within and outside of UU congregations. (more…)
I was away from Unitarian Universalism for 10 years. I came back to Phoenix GA. Susan was awesome. She has the vision for community ministry, justice building, health and vitality that will lead the UUA powerfully into the 21st century.
I strongly endorse Susan Frederick-Gray for UUA President. I know Susan in two capacities: I currently attend and am a contributing Friend at the UU Congregation of Phoenix and I served as chair of the General Assembly Planning Committee for Justice GA in Phoenix, where Susan played a pivotal role in the success of the Phoenix Justice GA.
I admire her leadership skills and trust her judgement. Her ability to work with a diverse constituency with integrity and poise is a strength the role of president requires.
I have known Susan as a colleague for several years now. Each time I hear her speak or talk with her personally, I find her to be thoughtful, visionary and grounded. I believe she has great integrity and truly has the best in mind for the future of Unitarian Universalism. She is calm in a crisis, inspires a compelling vision for social justice and is spiritually grounded. Susan would be a strong choice for leading UUism into the future.
Susan has the vision and passion we need to make Unitarian Universalism matter in today’s world. I knew her as a colleague in Arizona when I served the Chandler Congregation and have admired her moral courage from afar in the years since. We have a choice of wonderful candidates but she will bring us further into the future. She is the right UUA president for these difficult times.
Susan understands and embodies the truth, that effective justice work depends on effective spiritual work. When our individual and collective practices of trust-building, story-sharing, and anti-oppressive relating succeed in realizing the hope – and at our best, the presence – of beloved community, then we are equipped to make a meaningful and wanted difference with our neighbors beyond our own circles. She will help us stay that faithful course and to build on our interfaith and community partnerships, and she will represent us well nationally and in the wider world. Because she knows how to do all those things.
Susan is an out of the box thinker, ready to lead us into uncharted territory as our nation faces unprecedented violence, climate change becomes an all too present reality, and churches around the nation struggle to remain relevant. A spiritually grounded activist, Susan will be the bold and exciting leader we need.
Susan has captured the rising voice of Unitarian Universalism. Her ministry has cultivated deep connections with interfaith partners, allied justice organizations, and our many UU groups working for a world more whole. As president of the association, her vitality and spirit will carry us to the place toward which we’ve been marching so long — a fulfilled promise of unity and power that makes a positive difference for humanity.
Towards the end of June 2016, I had the privilege of hearing all three candidates for UUA President answer a series of questions – first at the Ministers’ meeting before General Assembly and then at General Assembly. What a thrill to have three brave, articulate, competent women running for President! Each woman brings deep experience and heartfelt commitment to Unitarian Universalism. How to choose? I started with an open mind and listened. By the end of the second session I was most inspired by Susan Frederick-Gray. Her presence, her experience and her answers. For me it comes down to Susan’s JOY in being Unitarian Universalist in the world. She is spiritually grounded and she has faithfully, step by step, issue by issue, action by action, developed her own capacities, and the capacities of the people she works with, to express the power of our faith in the world. As we face the realities of a new federal administration, we need our UUA President to extend our alliances for action and nurture our spiritual and practical resources for the long haul. Susan is the person I want to follow. Susan is the person I want to work with in that quest for more love and justice in our congregations and our communities and our world.
I have known Susan Frederick-Gray since she began her ministry at our UU church in Phoenix. I admire her greatly for her organizational skills, her good humor, her dedication to our faith, and especially for her depth of compassion and her commitment to justice. I would be so proud to have her as President of our UUA.
I have been in the UU ministry for 24 years. I’ve never endorsed any candidate for UUA President. I know there have been many excellent candidates over the years and I am filled with admiration for their many gifts whether they went on to win or not. Nonetheless I chose not to take sides.
I will put that practice aside this year. All three candidates are women with exceptional experience, wisdom and insight. Choosing any of them would be a challenge because each one brings special gifts.
It seems to me that the UUA is in the midst of exciting generational change in ministry, leadership and direction. I am endorsing Susan Frederick-Gray with tremendous enthusiasm for her ideas, spirit, and dedication to the future of the Unitarian Universalist faith as it moves into a new generation. My deepest hope is that she will provide the catalyst for multi-generational partnership as we look into the future rather than be constrained by the past.
Retired Minister of Music, St. Johnsbury Vermont Universalist Unitarian Congregation; Lay Leader, Unitarian Church of Montpelier
In the spring of 2003, during my first year as Music Director of the St. Johnsbury VT UU Congregation, my minister phoned me with a schedule change. Instead of his taking the worship service in two weeks, we would have a guest, a ministerial pre-candidate for a congregation around an hour away. I called the guest and we had a cordial conversation planning the music for her service. I remember little about it, except she wanted to choir to sing “Soon The Day Will Arrive”, (Bashana Haba’ah, the Hebrew Folk Song), which was easy enough to arrange. She arrived on Sunday and we chatted before the service. It got underway and all proceeded according to plan. Then came the time for her sermon. It was apparent within a few minutes that it was not going well. The congregation was not responsive and there was no connection. She put down her script, came around to the front of the lectern and said “This is not working. Let me talk instead about my theology of love”. And talk she did, holding us all in rapt attention. It was one of the most moving sermons I had heard then or since, and after 45 years in this denomination, I’ve heard quite a few. I remember saying to myself, and subsequently to many others “This young woman is going to be an outstanding minister, a star in our denomination”. And so it has come to pass! Susan Frederick-Gray is indeed “a vital voice for love and justice” a voice we need in our UUA President.
Minister, South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society
Coming from the borderlands of southern Arizona, I wholeheartedly endorse Susan Frederick Gray for her strong and loving work for immigration reform in our state. She chose to champion the most vulnerable populations and courageously stood up to bullies such as Sheriff Joe Arpaio. She would bring great managerial and speaking skills to the UUA presidency and perhaps most importantly, I believe that she would listen not only to Unitarian Universalists but to the needs of the world beyond our congregations.
I served the UU Congregation of Phoenix alongside Rev. Susan for five years. During that time and subsequently, within our UUMA chapter and as part of justice efforts in Arizona, I have experienced Susan’s leadership first-hand. She has the vision, the passion, the experience, and the spiritual strength to lead the UUA and its congregations boldly into the future. Susan has shown the ability to build spiritually vital communities and establish broad coalitions of people working together for positive change. I believe she is the leader we need to face the challenges ahead, to help us strengthen the relevance and impact of our individual congregations, and to maximize our UU voice in the public square. I strongly endorse the Susan for UUA President.
Assistant Minister, First UU Society of San Francisco
I want a President of our association who is a spiritual leader, a prophetic voice, someone who puts herself – body and soul – on the line for Good. I have seen Susan in action and believe she is the leader we’ve been looking for.
Susan Frederick-Gray is campaigning to make our association a mission-focused faith community. As minister in one of our historic congregations, founded as an intentional missional community, I am proud to support Susan Frederick-Gray.
Susan impressed me when I saw her excell in her organization and leadership at Justice GA 2012. Even then I immediately saw her as a future UUA president. I have since then appreciated her leadership in the district’s UU Minister’s Association, of which she is the President. She has shown not only organizational skills above and beyond expectations, but is acutely sensitive to others, gifted in diplomacy, and spiritually alive and inspiring. The combination of her mental brilliance, gifted eloquence, courageous prophetic voice, and inspirational leadership are ideal for the role of UUA president.
Juliejohn Wallace Knott#6 is seldom practiced, I look forward to it's implementation. Starting with metrics on the various "slogans" our denomination has issued over the Years: "Nourish Your Spirit, Heal Our World", "Unitarian Universalism the Uncommon Denomination", "A Spiritual Home Beyond Belief"...we're supposed to be a church that values logic as well as spiritual growth and nurturance of community.