We thought you might be interested to hear what Sarah’s references have said about her. We talked to four different people — her supervising minister, two congregants, and the UUA regional staff director for Sarah’s region. Here are some of the things we heard:

“She’s incredible in worship. She’s bright, a poet, witty, and her intellect is matched by her empathy.”

“She’s very warm-hearted and that’s evident when she speaks, that she’s coming from a place of love and compassion.”

“She’s really worked to build community, build relationships, not just between her and the congregants but between individual congregants.”

“She is warm and approachable.”

“She’s a great listener.”

“She’s a social justice warrior and will take risks. She is very committed, she might go to jail. But she doesn’t do it to seek attention or be on the front page, she does it because it’s the right thing to do.”

“She’s been instrumental in trying to work with young adults. We have more young people regularly at our services and a big part of that is due to Sarah’s work. And older people love her.”

“I’ve seen her with elders, kids, youth, young adults. I’ve seen it directly. She has the stretch to go from cradle to sage. She loves children.”

“People want to be there when she’s in the pulpit. Her warm-heartedness and generosity of spirit comes through. That’s just who she is.”

“Her ability to joke around and read people is phenomenal. Her gift with language and storytelling and metaphor is out of the park. Add a poet and a stand-up comic and you get her, a dynamite sermonizer. She brings her authentic self to the theme and ties the theme into everyday life, then interperses comedic asides.”

“She’s very good at taking critique, and she invites it. She takes it seriously and works with it to try and improve.”

“There’s not anyone who doesn’t think she’s great, and that’s a real accomplishment.”

“She doesn’t jump in quickly and take over. She’ll watch, observe, gather information, and then make a decision. She listens and takes everything in, then gives a reason for her opinion. She’s measured.”

“She has a skill for feeling the authentic emotion of the moment — whether it’s dread, fear, anger, disgust — whatever she thinks the congregation is feeling, she’ll pick up on that and say just the right thing.”

“Little towns keep asking for her [as a guest preacher] over and over again. And some of them are a hard sell.”

“We love her. I’ve not met a single person who doesn’t wish that she could become our minister.”

“You’ll be lucky to get her.”

The Search Team certainly feels lucky to have Sarah as our Ministerial Candidate, and we hope you feel the same! We want to do everything we can to help you decide whether to vote to approve Sarah on May 3, so please let us know if you have any questions about her! And watch your email in a few days for an opportunity to sign up for a small-group “Chat with Sarah” session during Candidating Week!