Our Search Committee has been working hard for the last 9 months to select our next settled minister. If you were at the service on April 1st, you heard Anthony Hamley’s announcement that our unanimously selected candidate has accepted our offer to be our next settled minister. We are thrilled that we can now release her name. It’s Reverend Julie Conrady. Members and Friends should have received an email with the website and password to learn more about her.
Reverend Conrady will visit us from April 28th through May 6th and conduct Sunday services on April 29th and May 6th. After the May 6th service, before first-Sunday lunch, we’ll have a congregational meeting to vote on whether or not to call her as our next settled minister. Please look for additional details in the All Church Email. In addition, we’ll send out the agenda for the Candidating Week, during which time Reverend Conrady will meet with committees. There will also be a reception for everyone at church on Saturday, May 5th with heavy hors d’oeuvres from 6 pm to 8 p.m.
Brief bio of prospective minister, Reverend Julie Conrady
She grew up in the great plains, lived for a time in the northeast, and loves to travel the world. She received a BA in Religion from Oklahoma City University and a Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. Julie has worked as a hospital chaplain, a high school social studies teacher, and a religious education professional. She has published RE curriculum and teaches online world religion courses. Most recently, Reverend Conrady worked as a chaplain to children and adults, focusing on trauma and end of life issues, while serving as the Affiliated Community Minister of First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City. She brings to ministry an array of skills learned in other professions.
Her spouse is Josue (Josh) Flores. He currently works as a Director of English Language Arts for a public school district in Oklahoma City and is an English teacher by trade and passion. He speaks nationally at education conferences. Their child is Stark Thoreau, who is currently 3 1/2, loves construction, space, animals, weather, and reading. Julie, Josh, and Stark share their home with a beagle named Molly Jane and two black cats named Seuss and SamIAm.