We are so pleased to introduce you to our Ministerial Candidate, Sarah Skochko!
Sarah is currently serving a one-year term as the Coordinator of Outreach and Engagement at The UU Church in Eugene, Oregon. She began this job after serving a two-year ministerial internship at the church, and the congregation couldn’t bear to see her go, so they created a new job just for her! Sarah graduates from Meadville Lombard Theological School with a master’s degree in divinity in May, 2020, and she will be ordained at her current church in Eugene sometime after graduation. She will also complete a master’s degree in English from Rutgers University in May, 2020, and she has a master’s degree in poetry, too! She lives with her partner Ed, who will be joining her in the move to Austin, assuming the congregation votes in favor.
There are a number of things we love about Sarah, and we think you’ll love them, too! First, Sarah has a powerful and prophetic voice in the pulpit, combined with a terrific sense of humor and a razor-sharp intellect. We absolutely love her sermons and her Times for all Ages! To get a taste, check out her website here. If you click on the “list” icon at the top right of the video player, you will see several sermons and presentations to choose from.
We also love Sarah’s strong commitment to social justice and anti-racism. She has no particular agenda of her own; instead, her interest is in facilitating the social justice issues that are important to her congregation. In that vein, she encourages people in her congregation to participate and engage with justice work in various ways. Sarah is known and extremely well-regarded within the UU movement for her contributions to anti-racism and anti-oppression work.
On a personal level, we found Sarah to be a delight — warm, approachable, and thoughtful. She is an introvert who is quiet at first, but she will see you and hear you on a deep level from the get-go and then astound you with her grounded and empathetic way of relating to others. She values collaboration, both within the church community and with faith partners outside our walls. We believe she will minister well to all in our community, including those with marginalized identities.
The Search Team is currently working with Sarah on the details of Candidating Week. Typically, candidates visit their congregation for a week in late April or early May to meet with various teams and committees, get to know the congregants, and lead two worship services. The week culminates with the congregation voting on whether to “call” the minister. Now, with physical distancing and shut downs recommended at least through the end of April, it is unclear how or when we will conduct Candidating Week. We are working with the UUA Transitions Office, and they in turn are working with congregations in the same situation all over the country, to formulate creative ways of making Candidating Week a success for all of us. We’ll figure something out that works for us and Sarah, and we’ll let you know as soon as we have it figured out!
One thing’s for sure — we absolutely cannot wait for you to meet Sarah! And she can’t wait to meet you, too! Here’s a short video Sarah made to introduce herself to you: https://youtu.be/wAK0il8ouIk
And, as always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.