On May 15, 2019, the SVUUS Board of Trustees signed a contract with Reverend Karen Madrone to serve as our Interim Minister for the coming church year. Karen will relocate to Utah in the coming weeks and start work on August 1, 2019.
Karen has just completed a Master of Divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary in New York. She also holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and she earned a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan College. Her past ministries include internships at First Unitarian Congregational Society (Brooklyn, NY), and the UU Fellowship of Northern Westchester (Mount Kisco, NY).
“My ministerial presence is one of being present and open to possibilities. I believe in listening, paying attention, noticing what is happening and responding to the congregation accordingly.”Rev. Karen Madrone
Karen is married to Michelle, a veterinary technician. The family also includes a dog and a pet snake. Karen succeeds Rev. Bob LaVallee, who has accepted an Associate Minister position at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Albuquerque (New Mexico). Rev. Bob worked with Karen in The Church of the Larger Fellowship, the Unitarian Universalist Association’s online community.