Our Ministers

 

Our Ministers

Senior Minister – Rev. Roger Jones

Roger Jones is on sabbatical leave until June of 2017. Until then, please contact our Assistant Minister, Ministerial Intern, or Office Staff with questions about UUSS.

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Now in his ninth year of ministry with us, Rev. Roger will be on sabbatical in November and December of 2016 and again from February through May of 2017. To read more about life at UUSS during the sabbatical, go to “Sabbatical Q & A.”

Rev. Roger Jones was called as our Senior Minister in early 2014 by a 98% affirmative vote of congregation members.  Prior to that he served our church as the Family Minister, starting in 2008.  He is responsible for our worship services and music programs, pastoral care, new-member programs, generosity and stewardship, Religious Education for children, youth and adults, community outreach, and oversight of the church’s staff and ministries in general.

His interests are spiritual practice, social justice, the history and sociology of religion, building community across the generations, wacky humor, farmers’ markets, and dessert. Locally he serves on the advisory board of the YMCA, is a member of the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, and is a subscriber at several theater companies. He has previously served as a member of the grants panel for the Boston-based Unitarian Universalist Fund for a Just Society and as national treasurer for the UU Ministers Association. He has served as minister to UU congregations in Silicon Valley, Minnesota, New England, and the Chicago area.

A native of Indiana, he holds a BA in English and Spanish and an MBA in finance from Indiana University, and he worked 10 years in Illinois State government. He has a ministry degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and is a Doctor of Ministry candidate at Pacific School of Religion. See his Rev. Roger tweets.

Assistant Minister – Rev. Lucy Bunch

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Rev. Lucy Bunch joined UUSS as Assistant Minister in August 2013. She is responsible for supervision of administrative staff and general oversight and support for UUSS facilities and financial systems. She provides support to Board of Trustees, Program Council, and Finance and Property Management committees and is the primary ministerial support to Master Plan implementation team volunteers. She also supports the senior minister in the areas of worship, religious education and pastoral care.

Lucy is a 2011 graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry and was ordained in the Fall of 2012. She has BA in Economics from Oregon State University and an MS in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. She worked at the University of California Davis as an administrator for over 20 years. She has been an active UU since 1989.

Lucy is married to Nancy, her partner of 19 years. When she is not at UUSS you can find her singing with her choral group the Sacramento Master Singers, gardening, hiking, reading, or enjoying the company of her animal companions.

Ministerial Intern – D. Scott Cooper

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Scott arrived in Sacramento in late August to begin serving as the UUSS Ministerial Intern for 2016-17. Scott, a candidate for UU Ministry, has been a member of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas for over sixteen years. While there, Scott facilitated Adult Religious Education classes, taught the ninth-grade Coming-of-Age class and Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) senior high class, and was co-chair when Circles, the small-group spiritual discussion group program, was launched. He occasionally served as a Worship Associate for Sunday Worship, served as a greeter in the Visitor’s Parlor and taught UU History for the New Member’s/Inquirer’s class. Scott was often invited to preach throughout north Texas at many of the smaller UU churches.

Scott graduated in May with his Master of Divinity degree from Brite Divinity School, on the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Scott also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatrical Set Design from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Theatre from Morehead State University. Scott was Intern for Pastoral Care at the First Street Mission in Fort Worth one year while in seminary, and over the following summer was a chaplaincy intern at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

While in Sacramento, Scott is often texting and calling his husband Conrad. They share a nearly-hundred-year-old home in the Oak Cliff borough of Dallas with Conrad’s son Harrison. Conrad is a psychologist, Harrison is in his Senior year at the Townview Magnet Center High School, and Harrison’s older sister Jordan attends college and lives around the corner with her miniature dachshund Mocha.