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Minister, Rev. Dr. Stephen Furrer
comes to us with impressive experience
dating back to 1981: an Assistant Minister (Berkeley, '81-'82), Settled
Minister (West Redding, CT - '83-87; Vineyard Haven, MA -'88-'91; East
Suburban Pittsburgh - '93-'99; Santa Fe, '00-'09), Contract Minister
(Morgantown, WV - '94-96; Indiana, PA - '96-'99), and as an Interim
(Saco, ME - '87-'88; Berlin, MA - '91-93; Binghamton, NY - '99-'00; Santa Monica,
'09-'10; and Long Beach,
Rev. Furrer, who is a sixth generation Unitarian Universalist, did his
Internship at First Church in San Francisco,
and he tells us he is thrilled to be bringing his great passion for
liberal ministry and our movement, back here to San Francisco.
Rev. Dr. Stephen
by Sonnie Willis)
of Religious Education, Rev. Alyson
|Alyson joined UUSF in
1991. She is a graduate of Starr King
School for the Ministry and
received her undergraduate degree in
Speech Communication from Emerson College in Boston. Alyson was
ordained by UUSF in 2000 and has served an Endorsed Community Minister
since 2002. She joined the UUSF staff as the Interim Director of
Religious Education in February 2012.
Previously, Alyson worked with A Home Away from Homelessness, serving
as the Director for Mentoring and Volunteer Services for seven years
and the Associate Director four years. Her Bay Area
experience includes: San Francisco Network Ministries, International
Child Resource Institute, Compass Family Services, Berkeley Repertory
Theater and School of The Arts Foundation. She was the
Director for PolyArts, a performing arts program sponsored by the State
Street Congregational Church in Portland, ME.
Alyson served ten years as Ministerial liaison to the Membership
Committee. She taught in the Adult Religious Education program and
designed a class called “Rolling through the Holy”,
bicycle tour of important religious institutions in San Francisco. She
was a long-time Youth Advisor for YRUU, a program for high-school age
She is a current member of the Threshold
A native of Southborough, Massachusetts, she has lived in San Francisco
since 1985. Alyson and her partner live in beautiful Bernal Heights.
She is an avid bicycle commuter and long distance cyclist.
for her as she pedals around on her Bike Friday, Toots!
Emerita, Rev. Dr. Kay
Affiliated Community Minister, Kay
Jorgensen's primary responsibility is the day-to-day administration of
the Faithful Fools, an outreach and “inreach”
effort supported by this congregation which provides a peaceful
presence and a helping hand to those struggling and confused over the
close living quarters shared by the poor and wealthy with our city. Kay
serves the Faithful
as Co-Founder and
Kay has been
a performer, teacher, and
director of theater groups for many years. Her credits include
performing as a mime and clown in The Street Circus, a company that
brought theater to the streets of Minnesota. She has blended drama and
spirituality since her undergraduate days when she earned a B.A. in
drama and religion at Minnesota's St. Olaf College.
Kay has been
a parish minister, a leader in
the Unitarian Universalist Community ministry movement, and an adjunct
professor at the Starr King School for the Ministry. Her current
ministerial work includes an after-school program for children of
parents going from welfare to workfare; UU Just Economic Community that
advocates for workers rights, living wage and others; Religious Witness
with Homeless People; Tom Wadell Public Health Clinic; Interfaith
Winter Shelter; and many others.
Emerita, Rev. Margot Campbell-Gross
Born in 1937,
Margot Campbell Gross is
Scottish by heritage, but grew up in Great Britian. The oldest in a
lively family of seven children, Margot had a talent for art and
design. She graduated from the Royal College of Art with a BA in 1958
and went to work as a designer for the London County Council.
Margot married Peter Watson Gross,
an American law student. They lived in Boston but later moved to
Knoxville, TN, where Margot quickly became involved in the Religious
Education Program at the Unitarian Universalist Church. Youth services
continued to be a strong calling, along with raising their growing
family: two birth and four adopted children.
In 1985 the
family moved to Berkeley, CA,
where Margot attended Starr King School for the Ministry. She graduated
in 1988 after completing an internship at All Souls Church in New York
City with Revs. Forrest Church and John Buehrens.
ministry at the First
Unitarian Society of Plainfield, NJ, in 1995 Margot was called to be
Co-Minister with Rev. John Marsh of the first Unitarian Universalist
Church of San Francisco. Here, her passions for social justice and
spiritual growth in the congregation created a living legacy,
exemplified in the founding of our community after-school program
– Up On Top – and the cofounding of the Faithful
Fools Street Ministry.
retired in 2004. She enjoys traveling
with her husband Peter, time for painting, walks on Ocean Beach, and
visits with extended family.
words on the walls of our Sanctuary speak to me: ‘Do justice,
love mercy, walk humbly with your God’ is a call to the work
of social justice in the world.”