Names Rev. Brian Ferguson as New Settled Minister
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., September 16, 2020 — The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City (UUFRC) today announced the appointment of Rev. Brian Ferguson as its settled minister. Rev. Ferguson comes to UUFRC from Austin, Texas, where he served most recently in a five-year developmental ministry role at the Unitarian Universalist Wildflower Church.
“I am eager to start my ministry with UUFRC at this particularly challenging time in our country’s history,” said Rev. Ferguson. “In the face of political divisiveness; racial and other injustices; economic inequity; and the COVID-19 pandemic, UUFRC offers a welcoming, active, and vibrant liberal religious community that is responding to the challenges of this time by leaning into our core values of love, compassion, and justice.
“Religious community at its best helps us to explore what gives our lives meaning and purpose, provides enriching human connections and support, and the opportunity to engage with others in social action. At the core of our Unitarian Universalist religious tradition are shared values and different beliefs. We are an extremely inclusive religion that welcomes all people to join us wherever they are on life’s journey. We are made up of a diversity of beliefs: spiritual seekers, agnostics, and atheists alongside those of us influenced by Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Paganism, Hinduism, and other religious traditions. Our core shared values are inclusiveness, equity, embracing of diversity, and justice for all. I invite all who are interested in learning more to contact me.”
A native of Scotland, Rev. Ferguson was raised in a mining community and became one of the first members of his family to attend university, where he majored in Applied Physics. Soon after graduating, he moved to California, where he enjoyed a successful, 24-year career in technology as a digital design engineer and project manager. Rev. Ferguson felt a call to ministry and left his tech job for Starr King School, the Unitarian Universalist seminary in Berkeley, Calif., where he obtained a Master of Divinity degree in 2009.
Prior to Wildflower Church, Rev. Ferguson served for five years as the settled minister at the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist in central Texas and in ministerial internship positions at two other Unitarian Universalist churches in Texas.
“We are delighted to welcome Rev. Ferguson to UUFRC as our new minister,” said Chris Stovall, president of UUFRC’s board of trustees. “With his warmth, humor, compassion and thoughtful approach to ministry and his care for the broader community, Rev. Ferguson evokes the qualities that make UUFRC a religious home for so many in our community.”
Rev. Ferguson will lead UUFRC’s worship service on most Sundays at 10:30 a.m. PDT. While the UUFRC building is currently closed, Sunday sermons occur live online each week. Please join us at www.uufrc.org.
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City (UUFRC) is a vibrant religious community that joins together to grow spiritually and intellectually. We offer opportunities for personal growth and development for all ages. We are brave, curious, and compassionate thinkers and doers. We are diverse in faith, ethnicity, history and spirituality, but aligned in our desire to make a difference for the good. We have a track record of showing up for love, justice, and peace. Learn more about us at www.uufrc.org.
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