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GOAL $15,000 Seminary student seeking financial assistance in order to complete degree. This is a UU Religious Professional Credentialing/Development category campaign and all gifts will be immediately processed.
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This is a UU Religious Professional Credentialing/Development category campaign and all gifts will be immediately processed.

Hello hello hello!

My background:
My name is KC Marie Pandell, I am a second year Unitarian Universalist Seminary student at Meadville-Lombard, currently serving as intern minister for two years at Tapestry Unitarian Universalist. I began my journey to UUism after a great loss, and the UU Congregation in Fullerton, CA held me through grief and into great growth and change, setting the foundation for me to hear a call to ministry, and supporting me in my formation. Since then, I have served as Worship Chair, and currently serve on the Board of Trustees before and throughout the pandemic, alongside having completed a summer of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.
I am shaping up to be one of the first ministers ordained by UUCF in the congregation’s history, an honor I am deeply grateful for.

As of last semester, I was at a 4.0 GPA, and am on track to continue it this semester.

My Theology:
What drew me to UUism, after a lifetime of non-religious ideology, was love: losing love, being held in love, and living through life with deepest love. It is with love that I have served Fullerton, am serving Tapestry, and love that guides me to serve other UU communities in the future. Our principles are rooted in it, and my journey to ministry is lined by it. It is love the makes our community one of kindness, and that seeks that which is right and good in this world.

How You Can Help:
Even with a deeply generous tuition grant from my school, I fall far short of the finances required to complete my degree. I come from a low-income family, who are wildly proud of my journey, but unable to assist financially to make it a reality. I don’t qualify for loans of any sort, and am paying for school (including books, travel to campus, and various associated fees and costs) almost completely out of pocket. A few generous friends and family have assisted where possible along the way. Despite working 40 hour weeks alongside full time schooling, I don’t hit the mark.

Our ministers are not formed solo, in a vacuum. It takes the support of many, from family and friends, to our congregations, to our communities at large, and any show of that support through a donation towards the completion of my seminary education is would be held with the deepest, most loving gratitude. I thank you for you generosity and support.

Watch a Sermon:

An Unexpected Journey
https://youtu.be/UvvcPsT2gyU

Graceful Love, or Loving Gracefully

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