Minister Jill Cowie
With the mission of finding our next settled minister, the Ministerial Search Committee spent this past year in deep discernment about who we are as a congregation and where we want to go in the future. They spent hours analyzing survey results, talking to people in the congregation, reading, watching sermons, and interviewing. In May, with great confidence and joy the Committee announced the Rev. Jill Cowie as their unanimous choice.
During “Candidating Week,” we all several opportunities to meet Rev. Jill as well as enjoy two sermons. And then, on June 4, the congregation voted in support of calling her as our new minister.
Jill is a visionary; she is creative, delivers inspiring sermons, and is committed to social justice and the care of our planet. Most recently, she was a minister in residence at Standing Rock, and chaplain at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Jill comes to us in her seventh year as a Parish Minister. Since her ordination in Franklin, Massachusetts, she has served as minister for the Unitarian Universalist Society of Martha’s Vineyard and First Parish in Cohasset. She moved to Boston last summer with her husband and just finished serving as a sabbatical minister in Duxbury. She is a facilitator for the UUMA continuing education programs and has led service trips to New Orleans, Haiti, Guatemala, and other communities in need. In her spare time, Jill volunteers for organizations advocating for just and equitable housing policies in Boston.
Jill brings a wealth of experiences before coming to ministry. She has been a science teacher at a residential treatment center for high school age students, an Outward Bound Instructor for adjudicated youth, a policy analyst for federal and state employment programs, and a director of local non-profits providing training and economic development services. She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, a Masters of Social Work from Boston University, and a Masters of Divinity from Andover Newton Seminary. She is also a member of the Greenfield Group, the oldest UU study group.
She and her husband are parents of four young adult children. She enjoys reading, birding, traveling, singing, kayaking, hiking, jogging, going to museums, and attending plays and other performance art. She relaxes by making dinner for family and friends, and by walking her dog and gardening.