By Rev. Dr. Lyssa Jenkens on May 16, 2018
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am delighted to introduce Rev. Mary Katherine Morn as the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s new president and chief executive officer, beginning in mid-June. Mary Katherine is a true leader and visionary who will take us forward during this extraordinary time. She has been one of our most respected and admired parish ministers with a long history of growing congregations and increasing institutional impact.
Since 2014, Mary Katherine has done an extraordinary job as chief development officer at the Unitarian Universalist Association. She is a leader who listens, who reaches out, who acts. She has a warmth and collaborative style that touches all who know her.
Mary Katherine said she is inspired by the history, vision, and talented leadership at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee:
“This is a great honor and great privilege, and a challenge I relish at a time when human rights, human dignity and human lives are at risk around the world. We have much to accomplish at UUSC, in cooperation with our grassroots partners, and I am confident we will continue to advance the social justice causes that are so critical to our values.”
Mary Katherine was chosen after a several month search process, headed by former UUSC board chair, Martha Easter-Wells. Martha shared that the search committee was blessed with a large number of extraordinarily qualified candidates whose commitment to the UUSC human rights mission and respective life experiences were heartening.
Mary Katherine comes to the UUSC from thirty years of serving progressive values and working for justice through her leadership in Unitarian Universalist congregations, community organizations, and for the last four years with the Unitarian Universalist Association. She served congregations and communities in Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia before becoming the director of stewardship and development and special advisor to the president of the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2014.
Her leadership has been anchored in our commitment to the work of justice and focused on building teams and resourcing a transformative mission through partnerships.