Minister

Rev. Stefanie Etzbach-DaleRev. Stefanie S. Etzbach-Dale

Reverend Stefanie can be contacted directly to  address urgent life changes or spiritual needs, to talk about membership and the life of this congregation, or to schedule a pastoral visit.

The best way to get in touch is via email: Get Rev. Stefanie’s email address.  Non-urgent messages can also be left by calling (650) 365-6913.  Appointments are most easily scheduled Wednesday’s through Friday’s.  However, other arrangements can be made (with the exception of Monday’s) if you let her know what it’s about and what your availability is.  Members are invited to let Caring Committee Co-Chairs (Annie Tate and Karen Gibson) know if you are in need of practical assistance due to illness or other short-term life crisis.

In the event of an emergency, please call (911) immediately and arrange to call or text Rev. Stefanie’s cell phone.  (Please do not leave messages requiring urgent response on the office phone!)

Writing your joy or sorrow, request for prayer or support, in our “Red Book” on Sunday mornings is a good way to share what’s going on in your life with the wider UUFRC community so that others can offer their support as well.  Entries will be read aloud and passed along to the Caring Committee and Minister.  (Please, be sure to indicate if you wish to be contacted).  On the first and third Sundays of the month the microphone may also be passed, allowing those who feel so moved to briefly share loud with the community that which they carry in their hearts.

Biography: The Reverend Stefanie Etzbach-Dale accepted this congregation’s call to serve as settled minister, moving to Redwood City from Santa Monica, CA, with her husband, George, in August 2014.  Among the gifts already brought to this congregation are: theme based ministry, a focus on strengthening multi-generational worship, UU identity and leadership development, pastoral presence, insight, collaborative spirit, creativity, reverence, humor, “magic”, and a call to service.  Her approach to ministry is both pastoral and prophetic, focused on deep reverence for life, the complexity of human experience, and the possibility of personal and societal transformation.

Reverend Stefanie has successfully served various congregations in the Pacific Southwest District, including the UU Fellowship of Kern County, the UU Fellowship of Laguna Beach, the UU Church of Verdugo Hills, the Sepulveda UU Society, the UU Community Church of Santa Monica, and most recently, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita.  She also served as UUMA Chapter Vice President, Good Officer, and co-founder of the PSWD Addictions and Recovery Ministry.

Originally from Queens, New York, Reverend Stefanie was ordained as an Interfaith Minister in 2000; received her M.Div through Meadville Lombard Theological School (Chicago, ILL); was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist Minister by the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica, CA in 2005; and was granted Final Fellowship by the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2008.

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