Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray
President of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
In a video presentation of her June 23rd address
to the UUA General Assembly
“We Were Made for This Moment”
Linda Mowers, Worship Leader
Sydney Crisp, Accompanist
BBUUC’s Director of Lifespan Religious Education
Join us this morning for a special worship service that will include a Welcome Ceremony for our new Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Jenn Jones, conducted by Chuck Smithers, BBUUC President, and Amanda Seng, our Lifespan Religious Education Co-Chair. The rest of the service will include the message to Unitarian Universalists presented by our own UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray at the recent General Assembly of our Association in Portland, Oregon.
About our Speaker
The Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray began her six-year term as president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in June 2017. As president of the Association, she is responsible for administering staff and programs that serve its more than 1,000 member congregations. She also acts as principal spokesperson and minister-at-large for the UUA. Susan brings a strong focus on mission and strategic planning to her leadership at the UUA as it works to dismantle systems of white supremacy.
As president, Susan has emphasized that this is no time for a casual faith and no time to go it alone. She has represented the UUA in the 2017 Charlottesville protests against white nationalist violence, has worked in conjunction with the Poor Peoples Campaign on issues of poverty, witnessed at the US-Mexico border for immigrant justice, and partnered with local advocates to expand voting rights in Florida. In addition to her regular column in UU World, Susan has written for Vice, Sojourners, and numerous local papers.
A life-long Unitarian Universalist, Susan graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1997 with a bachelor’s in molecular biology and received a Master of Divinity in 2001 from Harvard Divinity School. During seminary, she served as a student minister in Religious Education at the Winchester Unitarian Society, then interned at the First UU Church of Nashville. She served as minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, Ohio, then as lead minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix. There, she was a national voice for immigrant rights. Susan played a critical role in the long-term campaign to end the constitutional violations of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Susan is married to the Rev. Brian Frederick-Gray, a minister with dual fellowship with the United Church of Christ (UCC) and the Christian Church Disciples of Christ (DOC). They live in Cambridge, Massachusetts with their teenage son and family dog.