Comfortable with people of all ages she encourages the growth of a congregation where each person is nurtured and supported, and a faith formation within which every individual finds meaning and purpose. Reverend Shelly also has experience with building transitions and capital campaigns. Another strength she brings to us is volunteering with Chicago’s version of our Calgary Alliance for the Common Good, so she understands our affiliation with that organization and has used that model of leadership formation to help develop leaders within congregations. Her previous positions have been in large congregations and the search team believes she will help us attract and retain new members, including young families, so that we, too, grow and develop as a congregation.
Rev Shelly refers to herself as a “techie” and is excited about our vision of multi-platform outreach and satellite congregations.
She and her black lab, Onyx, hope to arrive in Calgary mid-July to get settled before her August 1 start date. They’re both excited about living close to the Rocky Mountains, in the vibrant city of Calgary. The search team is confident that she will be warmly welcomed into our Unitarian community and that we will make an extra effort to help her transition to a new country and a Canadian version of Unitarian faith.