You may have noticed from the minutes of the most recent Board of Trustees’ meeting that Piedmont has agreed to affiliate with Mary Frances Comer, who is entering preliminary fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist minister. We welcome this opportunity to play a part in the development of yet another individual willing to share the light, love, and compassion provided by the UU faith. We look forward to this enriching opportunity alongside Mary Frances, and welcome her considerable talents in our pulpit and in our programming. The following bio helps us get to know Mary Frances, and her journey to ministry, a bit better…
Mary Frances graduated with a M.Div. from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA, in 2012. She has also taken courses at Starr King School for the Ministry. For her field education, Mary Frances worked as a Pastoral Care Associate and discussion group facilitator for the Church of the Larger Fellowship (the online version of our denomination) for over a year. Her experience in ministry also includes six months of Clinical Pastoral Education spent as a chaplain at Carolina's Medical Center (a Level I Trauma Center) in Charlotte. Last year, she completed her internship at Eno River UU Fellowship in Durham, NC, where she was ordained in September of 2014. Her work there was focused with the Justice Council. Her community ministry is with The Charlotte Spirituality Center where she is finishing up a two-year training as a spiritual director. There, she offers spiritual direction and art programs (mini-retreats that connect creativity with spirituality).
With a background in education (BS and MS), she has been teaching behavioral and social sciences for over 20 years. Mary Frances also received a BA in Philosophy and Religion and a Masters in Liberal Arts with a concentration in sociology from Winthrop University where she later served as an adjunct faculty member. She currently teaches at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. Her hobbies include painting, writing, and fossil hunting.
Mary Frances has been a visiting preacher in six congregations over the last five years and looks forward to sharing in the ministry of Piedmont UU Church. Look for her in the pulpit in 2015; stay tuned for an art-based spirit nourishing workshop; and feel free to discuss fossils with her anytime!
Please join me in welcoming Mary Frances to our Piedmont family.
President, Board of Trustees