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FROM READERS: Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia calls new settled minister

By Steve Scott/Missourian Reader
May 6, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

Steve Scott is the webmaster for and a member of the Publicity/Public Relations Committee at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia. He also chaired the Ministerial Search Committee whose efforts resulted in bringing the Rev. Molly Housh Gordon to the church.

The Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, 27, has been called as the next settled minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia, 2615 Shepard Blvd., a liberal religious community committed to nurturing spirit and service. She will be only the third settled minister in the congregation's 61-year history, and by far its youngest.

Rev. Housh Gordon was in Columbia on April 20-29 to meet the congregation. On the Sundays of April 22 and 29, the church's sanctuary was filled to capacity for worship services led by Rev. Housh Gordon, and members unanimously voted to call her as their next minister at a congregational meeting after the April 29 service. She enthusiastically accepted the call and will begin her ministry here in mid-August.

Rev. Housh Gordon is currently serving as Assistant Minister at First Parish in Milton, Massachusetts, where she has expanded the program offerings and led in the area of multi-generational ministry and worship. Previously she served two years as intern minister at First Parish in Needham, Massachusetts, under the tutelage of the Rev. Dr. John A. Buehrens, a former President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).

A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Rev. Housh Gordon met her husband, James Gordon, at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, where in 2006 she received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion with honors. She went on to Harvard Divinity School on a full scholarship, graduating in May 2010 with a Master of Divinity degree.

During her time in the Boston area, Rev. Housh Gordon also served in two different capacities at UUA Headquarters, working with the Office of Congregational Growth Services and managing the web presence for the UUA's 50th Anniversary Task Force.

Upon accepting the congregation's call, Rev. Housh Gordon said: "James and I are thrilled to join the Columbia community and the ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia. The congregation's desires to spread its message of human dignity and inclusion and to serve the broader community match my passion for our faith and its ongoing work for justice. I hope to bring a new energy for outreach, a keen listening ear, and an inter‑generational sensibility to this warm and wonderful congregation. And I look forward to many years together full of vital and moving worship, thought‑provoking programming, and service to the community of Columbia, the state of Missouri, and beyond."

More information about Rev. Housh Gordon and the Unitarian Universalist Church is available on the church's website at

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