The Board of Directors and the Interim Minister Search Committee are pleased to announce UUCOD's new Interim Minister Rev. Dr. Leisa Huyck will give her first sermon from the pulpit on November 13th.
Learn more about Rev. Leisa by reading her biography and her message to the congregation on the Worship Page.
Rev. Dr. Leisa Huyck lives in Grass Valley, CA, with her husband, Dr. Steve Temple, on five acres in a cedar forest. Before becoming a minister, Rev. Leisa was an ecologist for 20 years, working in sustainable agriculture research and education. She is called to help our culture make the spiritual transformation we need in order to live sustainably—and lovingly—on our beautiful blue-green planet. Rev. Leisa believes that religious congregations can be countercultural communities, in which people actually practice living in harmony with one another and with the larger community of life.
Rev. Leisa has two young adult children: her son Ben, who is a restoration forester, and her daughter Melaine, who is a librarian. She also has a 1-year-old niece and a 3-year-old nephew, who fill the role of grandchildren in her life—along with Steve’s eight grandchildren. Steve retired in 2012 from a long career as the state dry bean breeder at UC Davis, where he started the first long-term experiment in the United States comparing organic and conventional farming systems.
Rev. Leisa and Steve love to hike and explore the outdoors. They have been visiting family in our area for over two decades, but have certainly not found all possible great hikes. They welcome your suggestions. Steve is also a 3.5-4.0 level tennis player, and welcomes matches with all worthy competitors. He will visit Leisa regularly while she is with us, but also needs to keep an eye on the home place in Grass Valley.
UUCOD is one of over 1,000 congregations in the Unitarian Universalist Association, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Evolving separately during the 19th century, the Unitarian and Universalist movements in America joined their liberal, free-thinking, humanist approaches to religion in 1961. As part of the wider UU community, we work towards the goal that all earth's children have the freedom and opportunity to lead their lives as they choose.
We welcome all people regardless of race, color, creed, political persuasion and sexual orientation. Our church has no required system of belief, rather we explore and share a variety of spiritual experience so each of us can develop an understanding meaningful to us personally. We gather each week to learn, explore, be grateful, celebrate, allowing ourselves an hour of inspiration and reflection to gain strength for the lives we lead followed by coffee and conversation.
Learn more on the history page.
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