We are pleased to introduce UUCR’s new Interim Minister, the Reverend Dr. Linda Olson Peebles! She joins the ministry of UU Congregation of Rockville on August 1, 2019.
History of Ministry
The Reverend Dr. Linda Olson Peebles comes to Rockville having just finished a successful two-year interim ministry with the Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church in Burke, VA. Previously, she served the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington from 2001 to 2017, as Minister of Religious Education for 11 years and then four years as Minister of Faith in Action. She began her ministry at the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1990–2001.
Rev. Linda’s life has been committed to community building through arts, education, service, and justice-making. She has answered various calls to leadership in service to the needs of her communities. Prior to entering the ministry, she was a singer-songwriter, a counselor to new mothers, an editor of liturgical and musical resources for the Lutheran Church in America, a teacher and arts educator, a director of a community theatre and a large summer camp, and president of a human services organization in Fairfax County. She served as a Director of Religious Education while she studied for the ministry. She has been a denominational leader, including eight years on the UUA Board of Trustees, and four years as President of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association. She has won awards for her work as founder and clergy leader in VOICE, Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement.
Rev. Linda lives in Mount Vernon, Virginia, with her husband Dale. She is blessed with three adult children, all active leaders in their UU congregations (in Virginia and Vermont), and four grandchildren.
Reverend Rebekah Savage
I grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, where my family attended the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation. I attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, studying non-Western theology as a Religious Studies major and minoring in Sociology and Women’s Studies. Though unsure of my intent upon enrollment, I attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City and, in my second year there, felt called to the ministry. I graduated with a Masters in Divinity and Pastoral Theology. I completed Clinical Pastoral Education at a large hospital in Miami, Florida and my internship at the Boca Raton Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Boca Raton, Florida.
After the events of September 11, 2001, I felt drawn to military chaplaincy. I was ordained a Unitarian Universalist minister in June 2003 and commissioned as an army chaplain in September 2003. Since becoming an army chaplain, I've spent the majority of my career on active duty and completed one overseas tour in Afghanistan. In 2007, I completed a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2014. Currently, I am working on a Doctorate of Ministry in Military Chaplaincy at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
After years of serving as a staff officer with the military and visiting local UU congregations for worship on Sundays, my sense of calling and prophetic witness from the pulpit expanded and became reinforced with many connections with colleagues and congregations in the area. With my experience, training, and education, I felt drawn to serving a UU congregation and I was very happy to join the staff at UUCR as part-time Assistant Minister in October 2015. Together as a congregation, we join our voices and spirits in a shared journey of meaning, love, and justice.
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