Looking forward to a spiritual adventure in Alaska is the Reverend Sarah Schurr, an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister who will be working with the Juneau Fellowship this year.
The Juneau Fellowship invited Reverend Sarah, as she is called, to visit in April. During her visit, she presented two Sunday services and held a weekend workshop on strengthening the congregation. Shortly thereafter, the Fellowship voted to offer her a quarter-time ministry during the Sept.-June church year. She will be traveling from Portland, Ore. to spend two weeks in Juneau every other month.
Schurr graduated from Reed College and earned a Master's of Social Work degree from Portland State University. A licensed social worker in Oregon, Schurr worked in the social field while she pursued theological studies at Marylhurst University near Portland, graduating with a Master's in Applied Theology. She interned at the UU Fellowship of Corvallis and was ordained in October 2008. Schurr was married to her college sweetheart, Scott, in 1980 and has two children, one in college and one recently graduated.
"Juneau is such a beautiful place," Schurr said. "The mountains are magnificent. I always think my hometown of Portland has nice mountains, but Juneau makes Portland look like the flat parts of Kansas. I am really excited about serving the people of Juneau as a minister, and I look forward to collaborating with clergy of other faiths."
Although Schurr will not be living in Juneau full-time, she will be available to the Fellowship between visits by phone, video conference and e-mail. Her first Sunday services in Juneau will be Sept. 12 and 19.
The Fellowship families meet at Temple Sukkat Shalom on Sundays from 8:45 a.m. to noon for religious exploration, worship services and brunch.