Aija_HeadshotRev. Aija Simpson

Greetings and welcome to the Unitarian Universalists of the Cumberland Valley. I am so glad you made it here.

I believe that Unitarian Universalism is a soul saving, justice making and change inspiring faith tradition. This is a lot to live up to but I am certain that UUCV is up to the challenge. I started to fall in love with this congregation the first time I heard the choir sing and I have been falling a little deeper ever since. I think worship should be powerful and challenging and full of laughing and crying and dancing. We are going to seek comfort and risk boldly and embrace joy as a spiritual necessity.

While worship is the most visible part of my ministry, I also spend my days visiting with people, responding to emails, helping to organize religious education, answering emails, managing an amazing staff, responding to emails, attending committee meetings, responding to emails…do we sense a theme? As you might have noticed just there, for someone who is technically a millennial, I have attitude about technology. In all seriousness, much of the joy of my work comes not in the excitement of Sunday morning but in talking to people one on one. It is one of the great honors of ministry that people are willing to share their deepest hopes and fears and everything in between. I would invite you to come in to talk – I promise I won’t start in on deepest fears right away.

When I am not at church, I can usually be found on the trail with my very silly dog, or with my nose buried in a book, or up to my elbows in an overly ambitious cooking project. Things that I want to enjoy but have failed to do so include: camping, gardening, sports – basically things that require physical skill and/or being outside.

Before I came to Boiling Springs, I served the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, VA as an Assistant Minister with a focus on youth and justice ministries. I have a Masters of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry and an undergraduate degree in Medieval Women’s Religious History from Smith College. I was called to this beloved community in the fall of 2013.

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