The Search Committee is excited to present Rev. Brendan Curran, from Rhode Island to come to Forest Grove UCC as our candidate for settled pastor. Rev Curran has enthusiastically accepted. Please plan to meet him and to attend the Congregational meeting called for Sunday, November 24th, where we will vote on extending the call to ministry with us. This has been a long search process taking five months. We received 46 ministerial profiles and narrowed it down to six. We performed face-to-face interviews through the magic of the internet and selected two candidates to meet in person, doing neutral pulpit sermons, one on October 13th at Hillsboro UCC and another on October 27th at Bethel Beaverton UCC. Both of these neutral pulpit presentations went well and after a short deliberation on Monday, October 28th, the Search Committee unanimously and joyfully selected Rev. Brendan Curran to present to our congregation. Rev. Brendan Curran is thrilled to begin the next chapter of his journey in ministry. He has served as the Associate Pastor of the Barrington Congregational Church in Barrington, Rhode Island since June, 2014. A native of Danvers, Massachusetts, Brendan volunteered for AmeriCorps before attending UMass Boston where he majored in American Studies. He discovered his love for teaching and education while working at the San Francisco Friends School for a year before attending the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he completed his M.Div. He served as a hospice chaplain prior to being called to congregational ministry. Serving as VP for Justice and Witness for the Rhode Island Conference of the UCC, he has organized community vigils, actions, and popular education programs related to economic and environmental justice, LGBTQ advocacy, and ending war and racism. Brendan feels passionate about the idea of beloved community, interfaith dialogue, contemplative wisdom traditions, and what the love and liberation of Jesus mean for today. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of meditation, developed during his time living at the Cambridge Zen Center where he studied and practiced Zen Buddhist Meditation extensively for ten years. He enjoys incorporating his acquired knowledge of meditation traditions into how he shares and teaches contemplative prayer practices in his ministry. Brendan has worked with the Bread and Puppet Theater Company and is a practitioner of Theater of the Oppressed. He believes strongly in the instrumental role churches and faith communities are called to play in the work of The Viewpoint News From the Forest Grove United Church of Christ November 2019 2 – THE VIEWPOINT transforming and healing our communities and our world. He was recently selected to be the preacher for the “Unite For the Earth” worship service at the UCC’s 2020 National Youth Event. He enjoys the outdoors, running, yoga, singing traditional Irish music, and playing the bodhran. He lives with his loving partner Daniel and their two beloved cats, Nettles and Nero. Brendan will be in Forest Grove from November 21st through November 24th. (Yes, we know that is the same weekend as the auction!) However, we think that meeting Brendan in this environment will actually be a very positive opportunity. There will be multiple opportunities to meet with him in the days leading up to Sunday morning and the congregational meeting. His schedule has not been finalized yet, so watch for more details in the coming weeks. Brendan’s trip will culminate with him leading worship services on November 24th. After the service we’ll enter our meeting time for discussion and hope the congregation will vote to call Brendan as FGUCC’s settled pastor with joyful thanksgiving!
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to members of the FGUCC Selection Committee, including Eric Murphy, Ken Prickett, Leo Barrett, Myra Beeler, Winnie Beu, Val Evers and Terri Wyborny.