Terry Cummings

Dear Members and Friends of the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

Thank you! 

I am thrilled to be the person your Board chose to serve as your interim minister this year. You are a warm and welcoming congregation, committed to supporting social justice of every kind, and to making the world a better place through the covenantal relationship that is the foundation stone of liberal religion.

After years of preparing for my career in ministry, I have the joy of serving your congregation during a time of transition. 

Only a few short years ago you went through a similar transition, a period during which you had an opportunity to learn about yourselves, and to shape your vision for the future. That vision still exists. 

As you take a brief pause to search for your next settled minister, this will be an opportunity to take stock of where you are in your trajectory, to ask yourselves what is working for you, and what, if anything needs to be changed. 

In the spirit of sharing more about me, Unitarian Universalist ministry is my second career. I studied law at the London School of Economics & Political Science before moving to the US shortly after I got married. I practiced as an attorney in New York City until quite recently.

In 2008 I began my gender transition after a long personal struggle. The trials and tribulations of this period of my life led me to seeking and finding acceptance in my nearby UU congregation. The rest, as they say, is history. I heard a call to ministry, a call to help others who faced similar challenges, a call to respond spiritually to fear and oppression. 

I earned my Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York in 2016. During 2015-16, I was the student minister at Central Unitarian Church in Paramus, New Jersey. During 2016 and 2017 I was a chaplaincy student at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey. Most recently I was the Ministerial Intern at The First Parish Church in Lincoln, Massachusetts. My service of ordination is currently scheduled to take place in Montclair, New Jersey, in October of 2018.

I very much look forward to being your interim minister, to walking beside you during this period of transition. 

In faith,

Terry Cummings