The grandson of Finnish immigrants, Jon Luopa grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts with his two younger sisters. The family religion was Lutheran, but by his early teens, Jon began to question those beliefs. He became a Unitarian Universalist in 1978, after hearing the Rev. Dr. Wallace Robbins of the First Unitarian Church in Worcester. Jon went to Clark University, where ... more
Beth is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist raised on the plains of Kansas. She is one generation off the farm, raised in the capital city of Topeka where her family was active in the local UU fellowship. From her early church and youth group experiences which emphasized social change and justice work, Beth studied social welfare and immigration in college. However, it wasn’t until ... more
UUC formally and gratefully recognizes a covenantal relationship with our Ministers Affiliated. These ordained UU clergy are not employed by the church, but serve ministries in the larger community, as chaplains, counselors, spiritual directors, or in other capacities. They choose to affiliate voluntarily with UUC, and we with them through vote of the congregation, as an integral and important part of our beloved community. Each Minister Affiliated offers specific service to UUC in addition to their professional work elsewhere, or in retirement.
The Rev. Linda Pashby Kaufman recently retired after 10 years as Chaplain at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. A long-time member of UUC, she served the church in many lay leadership capacities before joining staff from 1996-2001 as Director of Membership and Fund Development. After leaving UUC staff, she earned her Master of Divinity and Post Master’s Certificate in Transforming ... more
The Rev. Deborah Raible is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, following three previous generations of Unitarians in her family, and the third generation to go into the Unitarian (and now) Universalist, ministry. Deborah is also a lifelong member of University Unitarian Church, Seattle, which ordained her in 1996 and called her as a Minister Affiliated in 1997. She is a community ... more