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Our Minister

Reverend Dr. 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 and thrilled to be called to be UUCR's senior minister in the spring of 2020. Together as a congregation, we join our voices and spirits in a shared journey of meaning, love, and justice.

  • lifelong spiritual discovery
  • beloved community
  • a just world