UU church welcomes interim minister as it faces transition

Sep 06, 2019
The Rev. Susan Milnor starts as interim minister at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockland Sept. 8.

Rockland — Following the departure of the Rev. Mark Glovin from the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockland after 14 years of settled ministry, the church welcomes the Rev. Susan Milnor as its interim minister beginning Sept. 8.

Interim ministers help a congregation move from a settled ministry to prepare for the next minister. “You can’t control change, but we can control how we grieve and seek opportunity,” Milnor said. She sees her role as both helping the congregation ease the transition from its past and being an advocate and cheerleader for the future.

Milnor grew up in Knoxville, Tenn., where she earned a bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Tennessee. After spending time as a professor at Auburn University in Alabama, she moved to Cambridge, Mass., where she studied at Harvard Divinity School. She then served as a settled minister in Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

After launching her now 29-year-old daughter, she joined the corps of interim ministers who have been trained to come into UU congregations when a settled minister departs.

Milnor will reside in Rockland with her husband, also a UU minister, who will concurrently serve as an interim minister in Massachusetts.

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