Our Minister and Staff

Minister: Reverend Shelly Thompson

The Interim Minister Search Team is happy to announce that they have completed their search and Reverend Shelly Thompson has joined us as our Interim Minister since August 1, 2021.

Reverend Shelly comes to us from Westport, Connecticut, where she was Assistant Minister for Faith Formation at the Unitarian Church of Westport. Previous to that she was Minister of Membership at First UU Church of Richmond, Virginia. Shelly is also a psychologist and has worked as a family and child counsellor.

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.

Email: minister@calgaryunitarians.ca

Music Director: Jane Perry

Jane has been a church musician in Canadian Unitarian congregations since 2000, serving the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa (2000-2011) and Calgary Unitarians (since 2011). As Music Director at Calgary Unitarians, she conducts three choirs (UUphonia, Chor Vida, and the Coffee Choir), plays the piano at Sunday-morning services, contributes music to the Tuesday Vespers, and works with our volunteers to create concert events like An Afternoon of Chamber Music, Silent Movie Night. and UUphonia’s annual Cabaret.  She and her choirs have learned a lot about how to make music online during the pandemic!

In addition to her work at the church, Jane is the Artistic Director of Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players.  She stepped down in July 2021 as the Founding Artistic Director of One Voice Chorus.

Jane trained as a classical pianist, learned how to play jazz, and continues to enjoy a wide variety of music as a pianist, conductor, arranger and audience member.  Her twin professional passions are music education and building community, elements that find a natural home in her work with choirs.

Email: music@calgaryunitarians.ca

Director of Religious Exploration: Sheila MacMaster

I’ve lived in Alberta most of my life, and in Calgary for the past twenty years. I am a believer in life-long education, and am currently finishing my Multidisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree (with a double minor of architecture and drama) at the University of Calgary. This means I bring a broad liberal arts education and many exciting ideas to our Children and Youth Religious Education program.

I also have over nine years experience as an Administrator and I’m very pleased to bring those skills to the position of DRE. With a young child of my own, it’s very important to me what our children are learning and I feel very blessed to be a part of it.

When I’m not at church, I’m often busy going on adventures with my family and being creative.

Email: dre@calgaryunitarians.ca

Administrator: Todd J. Robertson