We are pleased to announce that Rev. Peter Connolly will be joining us on September 1 as our full-time interim minister. Rev. Connolly was a ministry intern with our Congregation back in the mid 2000’s, so he has history with us. He served a UU Congregation in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for eight years as settled minister. He expresses fondness for the time he spent with our Congregation as he prepared for a career in ministry.
Rev. Connolly grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and for 16 years was a social worker with the homeless and the formerly homeless in the Boston area. He found his first UU home in 1990 at First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist, Massachusetts, serving there in a variety of capacities. He also founded the Children’s Chapel worship service, which he led for five years.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American Literature from Brandeis University and taught high school English for eight years in the Boston area. In 2005, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School, graduating with honors. In 2006, he was ordained as a UU minister.
In the fall of 2009, Rev. Connolly was called to serve the UU Church in Bowling Green as its first minister. He retired in June 2017, and the Congregation voted to award him the title Minister Emeritus. He has since served UUCBG as an Affiliated Minister and has conducted a ministry at the Warren County Detention Center. He also has served as a community minister in fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association.
We will be providing more details in the coming weeks about Rev. Connolly and this exciting new chapter in the life our Church!