New Acting Director of Religious Education Chosen

After a two-month intensive interview process, your Board of Trustees and I are thrilled to announce that we have hired an Acting Director of Religious Education to work with our children and families here at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin, starting Sunday, November 5th.
Rev. Scott Talbot Lewis comes to us with many years of experience working with young people. He started his career with 16 years as a youth services librarian before attending seminary and getting ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister in 2011. He has over 20 years of experience doing Time for All Ages in worship services, and he brings excitement and enthusiasm to every story.

What a rare chance for UUCE to work with a religious professional of Rev. Scott’s caliber!

Rev. Scott writes, “I have served as an advocate for children, youth, and families since long before my call to ministry. I believe that a strong religious education program is essential to church life and growth. I want children and youth to be excited about coming to church and be integral to congregational life. Fun and positive reinforcement of Unitarian Universalist values are foundational to a thriving program.”

In his previous ministry jobs working with children and youth, Rev. Scott has led trips to Louisiana to do relief work for Hurricane Katrina and to Wisconsin to work with Habitat for Humanity, providing immersive social justice experiences. He has served congregations all over the Midwest, including First Unitarian Church of St. Louis, Missouri; the UU Congregation of Rock Valley in Rockton, Illinois; Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois; and most recently the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, Illinois, where he served as their Assistant Minister for LIfespan Religious Education. His congregations — and their ministers — all speak of Rev. Scott with glowing affirmation, praising his ability to connect joyfully and authentically with their children, youth, and families. We are lucky to have him join us!

Rev. Scott writes, “Though raised in the United Methodist tradition, my parents (both public school teachers) espoused Unitarian Universalist theology, cherished the natural environment, and were active in social justice work. In the 1960s and 70s, my family traveled the country with a second-hand camper, frequently attending Sunday school and morning worship in Unitarian Universalist congregations wherever we went — experiences which were foundational to my religious upbringing.”

Rev. Scott is married to his partner of over 18 years, Tony Gibbons. They live in St. Charles, Illinois and share interests in travel, music, theater, libraries, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Please join us in warmly welcoming Rev. Scott to our church community on Sunday, November 5th! We will have a chance to meet and greet during coffee hour after the service. Rev. Scott is very excited to get to know all of you!