About Me


I have created this page to help share the good news of Unitarian Universalism.  As long as you cite me as the author, I would be delighted if anyone uses any of the material on this blog in any not-for-profit way.  It is not much of a sacrifice.  There is not a lot of money to be made from publishing poetry or sermons.  I do like it when people let me know.

In April of 2018 I also began blogging weekly about my weight loss journey.  I have lost over 170 pounds and am much healthier as a result.  The weekly blogging helps keep me on track.

A little more about me:

I am a fellowshipped and ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, now retired.  I was born in a small Northern California Town in the early 50’s and attended the University of California Berkeley from 1968-1974, earning a BA in demography and a MA in sociology.  I also got a great education in activism during that time.

I worked for the Social Security Administration in Richmond, CA for 25 years, primarily in management positions.  I also served as national president of the Social Security Conference of the Federal Managers Association.

After taking early retirement from SSA, I attended  Starr King School for the Ministry and recieved a MDIV in 2007.  I served as the parish minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden, Utah from September of 2007 until the end of June 2014.  The congregation honored me greatly by naming “Minister Emerita.”

From mid-August 2014 until July of 2015, I served as the 3/4 time developmental minister for the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists in Berkeley, CA.

From August 14, 2016 to December 3, 2017 I served as a half-time interim minister for the Unitarian Universalists of Petaluma.   I retired on Dec 3rd because of health issues.  I am now living with my wife in San Rafael, California and learning how to be a congregant again at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin,  www.uumarin.org.  That is the congregation where I first found Unitarian Universalism and the one that did me the honor of ordaining me.

I have loved being a minister and I will always love Unitarian Universalism; it truly is a life-affirming faith.

You can see a video about me and my spouse prepared by Equality Utah (click)

If you live or visit Northern Utah, please go check out our church there.  They rock! www.uuco.org

If you live somewhere else, you can probably find a congregation near you at: uua.org.  If not, you might be interested in our on-line Church of the Larger Fellowship http://www.clfuu.org.

I have been in a committed relationship with my partner Anne since January 1975 and we have 3 adult children in their 30’s.  We were legally married in July, 2013 in California and had a religious wedding ceremony in January of 2014, on our 39th anniversary.

I have written poetry since I was a teenager.

You can follow me on twitter @TheresaNovakUU

Blessings to all of  you,

Rev. Theresa Novak


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