We Found What We Were Searching For!

Our ministerial candidate, Reverend Julie Conrady
Please welcome our candidate for our next settled minister!

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 5 until 7 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.

Please thank the Search Committee members! They are:

  • John Bawden
  • Nancy Grove
  • Anthony Hamley
  • Cortney Johnson
  • Bill Long
  • Patti Steelman
  • Virginia Volker
Our Search Committee works shoulder to shoulder.
Our Search Committee works shoulder to shoulder.

The committee brought in Reverend Keith Kron, Unitarian Universalist Association Transitional Director, to conduct a “Beyond Categorical Thinking” workshop on August 26. They developed and distributed a Congregational Ministerial Search Survey at the end of August. Committee members received the congregation’s blessing on September 10. As of mid-November, the committee has analyzed the survey and created a handout that was distributed at the seven Survey Suppers that occurred in mid-October through the first week of November. They led the church service on November 26 and took questions from the congregation. Because not everyone attended church the Sunday after Thanksgiving, they shared survey results and Survey Supper feedback during First Sunday Lunch on December 2.