Danielle Webber, Sabbatical Minister

danielle weber

Languages: English and un petit peu du Français

In 1967, my grandparents first went to the Ottawa Congregation when my father was a toddler, and this is where my story with Unitarianism Universalism began. In 1978, their family moved to Burlington, Ontario and became members of the Hamilton Congregation, where my grandparents still attend weekly. After my father and uncle moved away from home, my grandmother decided to go to seminary, becoming a Minister of Religious Education and working as a consulting minister for the St. Lawrence District, ministering to churches and congregations that wanted to offer better religious education to their members.

My parents had me dedicated to the Regina Unitarian Fellowship when I was a toddler, and when my family moved to Calgary in 1997, we became members of the Unitarian Church of Calgary. I still hold membership there, and my parents are a part of the regular leadership of the Calgary church.

As I said to the youth in the Coming of Age service in December, I remember planting seeds in Styrofoam cups, celebrating world religions’ holidays and holy days, and writing my own credo during Coming of Age. I started attending adult religious education and creating young adult worship services while in college. I was taking an Arts Degree in Psychology, wanting to be a therapist for families with children who have mental disabilities. But while participating and leading worship at my church, being apart of the committee on ministry, and participating in the caring committee at the Calgary Church, I started hearing a call to ministry.

While in the last year of college, I started applying to seminary to begin a Masters of Divinity, and was accepted to Meadville Lombard Theological School in the spring of 2013. Over the last five years, I have been preparing for Unitarian Universalist ministry, serving as intern minister for both the Calgary Church and First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto. I am now in the process of becoming a fellowshipped minister with the Unitarian Universalist Association.

I am very much looking forward to spending the next three months with all of you here in Montreal, and to sharing my love and understanding of this faith. Please know that I am here to help support this community in this time of sabbatical rest. We will spend time together in worship and meetings, but please know that you can connect with me one-on-one at any time, I look forward to hearing from you, and what you love about our faith.

With love,