Fellow UUFG Members,
The UUFG Interim Minister Search Team is very pleased and excited to announce the selection of our new Interim Minister, Reverend Benjamin Maucere (pronounced Mah-chair-ah). Reverend Maucere has been an Accredited Interim Minister (AIM) since July of 2010, and has been working in Interim Ministry since 2007. He comes to us from the Community Unitarian Church in White Plains, New York, and served as the Interim Minister at Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City prior to his service at CUC in White Plains. Here’s a brief biography, In Reverend Maucere’s own words:
“I’m pleased that your search committee invited me to be your interim minister! I’m excited about getting to know UUFG and exploring the Gainesville area! Here’s a little bit about me.
I discovered Unitarian Universalism in the mid-70’s and served in various capacities as a lay-leader. Sometime in the mid-nineteen eighties, I realized that I felt most alive and best utilized in my church work, and decided to pursue ministry. In 1988, I enrolled in Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley California.
I completed the M. Div. program and was called to the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia in 1992. My wife, the Reverend Dr. Holly Horn joined me as co-minister in 1998. We left in 2005 and since then I’ve served as interim minister to congregations in a suburb of Houston, in Iowa City, and White Plains NY. I received the Accredited Interim Minister designation in 2010.
I enjoy collaborative problem solving. I value the liminal aspect of the interim period, both looking back at what the congregation has and has not done, and helping them look forward to future possibilities. I look forward to working with UUFG to help you lay the groundwork for a successful settled and shared ministry.”
On Behalf of the UUFG Interim Ministry Search Team