On June 3, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham joined with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Tuscaloosa to ordain Rev. Monica Dobbins to the ministry. A member of the Birmingham church, Rev. Dobbins attended Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, IL, completing her studies and earning the Master of Divinity degree in May. Rev. Dobbins served the Birmingham community as an intern at Greater Birmingham Ministries, where her duties included voter registration and education, Christmas gift distribution, and writing for the blog GBM Voices. She completed a chaplain internship at Princeton Baptist Medical Center; then served the congregation in Tuscaloosa as its first ministerial intern, under the tutelage of Rev. Fred L Hammond. She has worked alongside community and state organizations such as Alabama Arise, Faith in Action Alabama, and Black Lives Matter Magic City, and served as UUCB’s delegate to the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly in 2016. Rev. Dobbins has accepted a position in Salt Lake City, UT, as the First Unitarian Church‘s assistant minister; she brings to this ministry a deep commitment to social justice mission and the transformation of our faith.
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