Rev. Craig Schwalenberg

Rev. Craig Schwalenberg was hired to serve as UUCV’s Interim Minister starting August 1, 2021. His time as our Interim Minister will end July 31st, 2023. During these two years, Rev. Craig will be working with the members of UUCV to deal with the many transitions the congregation is in the midst of experiencing. Together, we will honor what was, grieve our losses and changes, reconnect to one another and our wider Unitarian Universalist Association, experiment with new ways of doing things, discover what we wish to be, and prepare for our next called minister. Rev. Craig lives in Oneonta, NY with his partner of 26 years, Cheryl DeDecker. During his time with UUCV, Rev. Craig will be commuting weekly between Oneonta and his new apartment in Mechanicsburg. Rev. Craig is joined in this new adventure with UUCV by his dog, Spirit. Spirit is 9-10 year-old rescue dog (probably a Black Lab / Border Collie) who is a trained, certified therapy dog. Spirit will be joining Rev. Craig at UUCV most of the time.

Rev. Craig is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a degree in Psychology. It was there that he met and married Cheryl and where he discovered Unitarian Universalism. He studied for the ministry at the Meadville Lombard School in Chicago, one of our two Unitarian Universalist seminaries. He has served as Student Minister with Lake Country UU Church in Hartland, WI; as Assistant Minister with the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, WI; and as Minister with the UU Society of Oneonta, NY. He spent last year as the Interim Minister with the UU Congregation in Stamford, CT (though that was a remote ministry due to the pandemic.)

Rev. Craig describes his theology as one of connections and stories. We are all connected! We are all creators, collections, collectors, and tellers of stories. He is looking forward to connecting with the community of UUCV and learning and becoming a part of their great story. Rev. Craig is also a Games Minister. He is a professional game master and is a recognized consultant on the use of games in ministry. He loves to play card games, board games, and role-playing games. He is also a geocacher and enjoys playing disc golf. Rev. Craig is a fan of super heroes in all forms. He considers the Jester and Divine Fool to be one of his guiding spirits. He is also a collector of hats and a complete root beer snob.

Most weeks Rev. Craig will be in the area and available Sat night through Wed night.

He is always available by phone or text.

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