The Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin called Rev. Leslie Mills to serve as our settled minister in 2015. She was ordained and installed October of 2016,
Leslie is a third-generation Unitarian Universalist who grew up near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She attended Beloit College, where she earned her B.A. in Creative Writing and minored in Museum Studies.
From there, she moved to Rockford, Illinois and worked as an education specialist at Discovery Center Museum, designing classes and leading outreach programs as she taught science to children all over northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin (including the Elgin area).
In 2009, Leslie moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to begin her ministry studies at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. During that time, she served four local congregations: Groveland Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (12 members); the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka (180 members); White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church (750 members); and the Lake Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists (50 members). She also completed a required unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, completing 400 hours as a hospital chaplain.
Theologically, Leslie considers herself a Unitarian Universalist (without any hyphenations). Throughout her life, she has deeply appreciated our faith tradition’s openness to spiritual exploration, which encouraged her to articulate her beliefs (and change them when new information and experiences came along). At some point in her life, Leslie has explored religious and secular humanism; agnosticism; mystic naturalism; indigenous shamanism; practical Buddhism; liberal Christianity; paganism; atheism; Taoism. And throughout all these explorations, our faith tradition has grounded her and anchored her in a community that embraces these sources as vessels of inspiration
Leslie is delighted to be with us here in Elgin, and she looks forward to building our spiritual home together. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.