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Sunday, July 3, 2016

New minister for FUSP

The Rev. Ann Marie Alderman will become FUSP's minister in August.

The First Unitarian Society of Plainfield (FUSP) has called a new minister.

The Rev. Ann Marie Alderman assumes the position on August 1,with her first Sunday in the pulpit being August 28.

Rev. Alderman came to the ministry after spending years managing her family's hardwood flooring business -- and a stint as an auto mechanic, which has to be a first for a Plainfield clergyperson!

In addition to her business experience, Alderman has served as a hospital chaplain and has served Unitarian Universalist congregations in Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

She comes to Plainfield after three years as the Developmental Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro, NC.

Rev. Alderman has a long history of community involvement, especially in women's, LGBTQ and social justice issues.

In Plainfield, she says, she is "committed to bringing the good news of this liberal faith and its message of love to those who have yet to hear it and be transformed by it."

She is drawn to justice work involving racial equality, civil rights for LGBTQ folk, and inter-faith work that advances freedom of religious expression and furthers the inclusion of marginalized groups into the mainstream of society.

In a unique double ministry, Rev. Alderman's wife, the Rev. Robin Tanner, will take up duties at the Unitarian Church in Summit in January 2017. They are the parents of 2-year-old twins.

Plainfielders will be looking forward to Rev. Alderman's arrival and her ministry at the 126-year old congregation and in the Plainfield community.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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