Your search committee is thrilled to announce a candidate for our settled ministry. Our candidate is Rev. Hannah Roberts Villnave. Rev. Hannah’s ordination was April 2, 2017 in Baltimore Maryland at First Unitarian Church. Hannah is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist who grew up in Racine, Wisconsin. She graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in English and minors in Non-Profit Management and Geography. In May 2016, Hannah graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary with her Masters of Divinity and a Certificate in Urban Ministry. She sought out a non-UU seminary due to her already solid grounding in her UU identity. Her UU grounding is obvious in her preaching. Hannah completed her internship at the UU Church of Annapolis. The retiring, long time minister of this large congregation sings her praises, and refers to her as a “rising UU star”.
Hannah’s ministerial record and presence show her passion and joy for the work of ministry. In her own words, she brings enthusiasm for the promise of Unitarian Universalism and her belief in our capacity to change the world. Hannah looks forward to a life devoted to serving our faith with gusto.
The search committee is thrilled with Hannah’s choice to candidate to begin her professional career at UUCC. We were taken, at first, by her writing. Later we experienced her as wise beyond her years as she responded to our questions and as we heard her preaching. She clearly begins her career with the ability to articulate a faith we can embrace. She showed her ability to connect to spiritual energy and move it to action.
Hannah married her wife, Catherine Villnave, in March 2015. Catherine currently serves as a Science Enrichment Specialist for Baltimore Public Schools. Catherine is a member of the same congregation where Hannah will be ordained. She is ready to embrace UUCC and Cheyenne as her home along with Hannah.
We believe you will be as thrilled as we are with our selection when you meet her during candidating week, April 22nd to April 30th. Rev. Villnave will preach two sermons, one on April 23rd and a second on April 30th. Mark your calanders now and be sure to bring your questions to the session scheduled for April 23rd after the service and then, cast your vote on April 30th just after the service.
You may visit Reverend Villnave’s webpage to see more about her, including some sermons at http://villnave.weebly.com/
Most sincerely and in service and faith,
Your search committee
Audri Matta , Ellen Stump, Gordon Johns, Ken Vernon and Lea Grubbs