The UUCWI minister and chaplain are available for pastoral visits and to perform rites of passage ceremonies. If you need pastoral care, please call the minister or chaplain. For their phone numbers or to message with our church administrator, please see our Contact Us page.
Recent monthly reports from the minister to the Board of Trustees can be found here.
On Sunday, August 5, the congregation voted to accept The Reverend Emily Melcher as UUCWI’s new minister. Rev. Emily will begin in September 2018, serving in our pulpit twice a month.
The Reverend Emily Melcher is a UU Accredited Interim Minister and has served congregations in VT, CT, and WA. She lives in Olympia, where she is currently enjoying a gap year between ministries and pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry in Spiritual Renewal, Contemplative Practice, and Strategic Leadership at Claremont School of Theology.
Sally Ann Elder has served as chaplain for UUCWI congregants since 2004. She officiates local weddings and funerals, assists in our religious exploration programs, volunteers as the hospital chaplain at Whidbey General and facilitates our North End Study Group. See her Biography for more details.
“I see chaplaincy as a sharing of life’s journey; an accompanying through whatever imprisons, frustrates, infuriates, or causes pain or joy.”
Becky Myrick, M Div, MA, is a “missionary kid” from South Africa where her parents taught at a seminary for black Africans for 12 years. After graduating from Yale Divinity, she served four congregations in the United Church of Christ in the 1980s and 90s. Hospice work was to follow, as well as wellness coaching and bodywork.
Being present as a deep listener for people in many challenging and joyful circumstances is what gives her life meaning. She officiates at weddings, memorials, and transformative rituals. She is also a passionate leader/teacher in InterPlay, a form of embodied creativity and play for “recovery serious” people. Becky teaches stress reduction, ways to happiness, and the enneagram as well. She loves exploring participatory arts of all kinds with people.