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Fellowship's new minister serving members remotely

The Rev. Denise Cawley
Thursday, October 15, 2020

Pacific Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Astoria has a new minister who will serve the group in a nontraditional way.

The church is meeting remotely on Zoom as it attempts to keep members safe during the pandemic. The Rev. Denise M. Cawley lives in Milwaukee, Wisc., and will serve the congregation remotely.

“We interviewed ministers nationwide and picked the best one to lead our church into the next stage of growth,” said Laura Gordon of Seaside, the fellowship’s board president. “Having Rev. Cawley in another state won’t minimize her impact in the least. In some ways, in fact, it may even expand our possibilities.”

Cawley’s background is in nonprofit management and worked as a chaplain for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin for two years.

“Our search team found Rev. Cawley’s combination of leadership, pastoral and ministerial skills just what we needed to strengthen and grow our fellowship,” said Dave Ambrose, treasurer. “She has already served a congregation remotely since COVID-19, and that experience will enhance her ministry here.”

Her expertise leading anti-oppression workshops and her experience in fundraising and membership will benefit the group as well, he said.

Cawley also serves the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Hillsboro.

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