Sabbatical Minister

Sabbatical Minister

Crowdfunding Completed: August 15, 2016

Amount Funded: $5000

Project Owner: First Unitarian Universalist church of Nashville

Short Description of Project

We'd like to bring Meghann Robern's salary to a fair amount as she covers for our lead minister while she is on sabbatical. Meghann has served us as an unpaid intern for the past year.

How was this project connected to UU?

We are a Unitarian Universalist Church (in Nashville since 1950)

Full Description of Project

Meghann Robern is a Candidate for ministerial fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association and a member of the UU Ministers’ Association. She earned her M.Div. from Claremont School of Theology, spent a year with First UU Nashville as their full-time Intern Minister, and is now completing a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education through the St. Thomas/Nashville CPE Partnership. Before she followed her lifelong call to ministry, she worked in office administration, event organization, the music business, the film/tv business, and the non-profit sector. She lives in Nashville with her partner, Josh, a writer and homemaker, and their two young children. She hopes to see the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee in September. You can view her portfolio at .

The First Unitarian Church of Nashville (FUUN) is putting forth a Fathify request to allow the Church to hire Meghann Robern as a contract minister during the 6-month sabbatical of our lead minister, Rev. Gail Seavey. Our Board had savings in a Sabbatical Fund but it is not enough to pay her a living wage over the 6 month period.

Meghann has recently completed a year as our unpaid Intern Minister which makes a living wage even more important. She has done an impressive job within our church as well in the larger community. Funding this grant will support Meghann's continued service. Some of the areas where Meghann is heavily involved include:

Faith Development programs
Covenant groups
Lay minister coordination and direction
Worship planning
Committee for the Larger Faith assistance
Youth Group advisory
Board and Council meetings
The Board believes that not hiring Meghann for this 6-month period would be a detriment to the Church’s potential for service and growth.