As of Sunday April 30th, Rev. Hannah Roberts Villnave, is our next called minister. After a busy candidating week, the turnout for the congregational meeting to vote to call her to UUCC was stellar. Ninety eight counted themselves as members to surpass our needed quorum of 78! Beyond the 98, there were other friends of UUCC present for this momentous occasion. The excitement, the singing and the hope for our future in Cheyenne were all palpable as the Board President; Lynne Weidell extended the call to Rev. Hannah. One hundred percent of the votes were in favor of calling her to serve our congregation.
Rev. Hannah’s first of two Sunday Services exhibited her passion and joy for ministry. We experienced her contagious enthusiasm for the promise of Unitarian Universalism. During the week our committees, staff, and teams had opportunities to meet with her over the conference table and socially. Rev. Hannah’s second Sunday sermon provided an honest and hopeful look at the challenges we will face together inour future shared ministry.
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. 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”. We are proud that she choose us as her first settled ministry. Rev. Hannah will begin with us at the beginning of August.
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