Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton and Upton chooses next minister

Rev. Daniel Gregoire (Photo/Rubin Nizri)
Rev. Daniel Gregoire (Photo/Rubin Nizri)

Grafton – At a special congregational meeting June 19, The Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton and Upton (UUGU) unanimously voted to call the Rev. Daniel Gregoire as its next settled minister. He will replace outgoing Interim Minister, the Rev. Thomas Bozeman.

“After a two year search process in which we considered more than 20 ministers, we are lucky to have gotten the best one for the job. Rev. Daniel’s warm and engaging personality will fit right in with the welcoming and caring culture of our church,” said Jessica Curtis, chair of the Ministerial Search Committee. “We were struck by Rev. Daniel’s grounded and compassionate presence and his thoughtful and spiritual nature. We appreciate his dedication to his call to the ministry and his desire to spread the ‘good news’ of Unitarian Universalism.”

Gregoire’s personal experience as the son of Haitian immigrants influences and enriches his ministry. He recently led a vigil in Grafton honoring the victims of the shooting in Orlando.

Looking to the future of UUSGU, he said, “I see us coming into our own as a congregation after 285 years and ready to share our story more broadly. At this moment we are on fire with hope. I see us ready to step out into the community and the world in new ways, expanding what it means to be a religious community in the 21st century. We are a people called to be more spiritually engaged, boldly compassionate, joyfully welcoming to all and fiercely committed to making real the promise of justice in our world.”

Gregoire currently serves as the assistant minister of the Unitarian Society of Germantown in Philadelphia, Penn. He received his MDiv from Union Theological Seminary in 2012.  He will start at UUSGU on Aug. 1. To learn more about Gregoire, visit his website at www.revdanielgregoire.com. To learn more about UUSGU visit www.uusgu.org. The church is located at 3 Grafton Common.