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Hello, UU Church of Urbana-Champaign!

Meet Rev. Sally Fritsche

Our New Associate Minister

Welcome to Rev. Sally Fritsche’s ministerial search website. This site is full of photos, writing and videos that will help you get to know Sally, and give you a view into what her ministry with UUCUC will look like. Enjoy clicking around to explore!

Rev. Sally grew up Unitarian Universalist in mid-Missouri, and had a keen interest in world religions from a young age. After earning undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Religious Studies, she first felt the call to ministry while serving Americorps in rural Indiana. She was both disheartened by the poverty and suffering she witnessed, and inspired by the activism and compassion she saw in local congregations.

Rev. Sally Fritsche (pronounced frITCH-ee)

Newly reminded of the power religious community can have to change lives and sustain people, she turned away from her doctoral aspirations and instead applied to Harvard Divinity School.

Her years at Harvard provided her with education, development, and a rich community of colleagues, friends, and mentors from all walks of life. While a student, Sally served as Assistant Chaplain to the Suffolk University Interfaith Center, as a Chaplain Intern at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in downtown Boston, and as an Assistant Director at the Boston Nature Center summer day camp. After graduating with her Master of Divinity in 2018, she moved into congregational ministry, and is currently serving as the Ministerial Intern to First Parish UU in Needham, MA.

As an atheist with a deep commitment to religion, Sally’s ministry moves beyond binaries, and embraces those who might feel left out of traditional religious categories. She has a sincere love of ritual, a respect for faith, and a fluency with a variety of religious languages that comes from spending so many years in multifaith spaces. She is overjoyed to be planning her June 20th ordination ceremony with her current congregation, after which she will officially be “Reverend” Sally, a Unitarian Universalist minister!

Having been nurtured her whole life by the warmth and depth of UU communities, Rev. Sally is committed to creating and sustaining that same sense of spiritual home for others. She is so excited to have found in UUCUC a congregation that is loving, energized, and deeply committed to the work of justice and the search for meaning. Together, we will do great things!

Build Community. Seek Inspiration. Promote Justice. Find Peace.

Sally celebrating with her internship congregation
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