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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Our Minister and Staff

About Our Minister and Staff

Rylee Uhrich - Parental Leave Minister

Rylee UhrichHello, my name is Rylee Uhrich and I have been serving as the student minister with UUCT and Borderlands UU since September 2020. I am mid-degree, pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Starr King

School for the Ministry and working toward Unitarian Universalists ordination. I came into ministry with 7 years of experience in roles of spiritual leadership in Pagan communities. I am motivated in my call to ministry by work for personal and societal healing through community building. I was raised in the Bay Area in California and have lived the majority of the past 15 years in western Washington. My first trip to Arizona was in 2009 when I came to volunteer with No More Deaths, so it was intentional that when I sought a congregational internship I had UUCT in mind. I look forward to accompanying you as the Parental Leave Minister during the months of Rev. Bethany’s leave.

Rylee’s contact information is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and (802) 490-3573.

Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe

Rev. Bethany Russell-LoweRev. Bethany Russell-Lowe, our settled parish minister, is on parental leave until August.  During this period her ministry is under the care of our Parental Leave Minister Rylee Uhrich (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and the Parental Leave Team (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  The parental leave is described in this flyer.

Rev. Bethany (she/her) became the settled minister at UUCT in August 2018. Rev. Bethany was raised Unitarian Universalist in a historic congregation in Lexington, Massachusetts. She continues to find her spiritual home in Unitarian Universalism because this is a faith that grows with us throughout our lives. Theologically, Rev. Bethany is a Universalist, meaning that she believes that all people are born with goodness in them, and that they are capable of acting on that goodness throughout their lives. She also believes that we humans are responsible for co-creating moments and spaces of heaven here on Earth. 

Rev. Bethany moved to Tucson from Syracuse, New York where she completed her collaborative ministerial internship at the First UU Society of Syracuse and May Memorial UU Congregation. While is Upstate New York, she also served as the minister at the small but mighty UU Church of Cortland, New York. Prior to that, she was the Social Action and Youth Programs Director at First Parish in Concord, Massachusetts, a large, historic congregation. In December 2016, she earned her Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, Massachusetts.

Rev. Bethany was the recipient of the Skinner Sermon Award in 2020 for her sermon “Humanitarian Aid is Never a Crime” reflecting on Dr. Scott Warren acquittal in federal court in November 2019, initially preached at UUCT. You can read the winning sermon here.

Rev. Bethany lives in midtown Tucson with her husband, one dog, two cats, and four chickens. She and her husband are due to welcome their first child in the spring of 2021. They are looking forward to raising their child in the warmth and love of the UUCT community. 

 

 

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