Rev. Pam comes to UCH with a rather ‘eclectic’ background. She describes herself as someone who didn’t trust reincarnation and so wanted to experience as many different opportunities in one lifetime as possible. The mother of three grown children (Nick in Los Angeles, Genny in Portland, OR & Carrie in Chicago,) she has trained horses, run a home daycare program, edited a newsletter, owned a ‘mom & pop’ restaurant in Estes Park, CO where she was chief cook, bottle washer & bookkeeper, run her own house painting business and worked at Home Depot for several years. She’s also been involved with a Sufi circle in Columbus, Ohio and worked as an Office Administrator at an Episcopal Church in Chicago.
She currently shares life with her partner, Karen Mooney (also a UU minister,) a rambunctious Golden Doodle pup named (Theodora) Parker and two long suffering cats – Suki & Pie. Pam and Karen met during seminary at Meadville Lombard Theological School where they both graduated in 2011.
Pam also participated in a Spiritual Direction program at Loyola’s Institute of Pastoral Studies in Chicago and served as a Chaplain Resident at Elmhurst Memorial Health Care. She recently completed a two year interim ministry in Chattanooga, TN where she rediscovered her love of the northern climate.
Both Pam and Karen enjoy long road trips, green spaces and time to explore. Pam is a writer and poet and loves falling into deep theological discussions that spring up without notice.
I am proud to be a lifelong Unitarian Universalist. Growing up here in the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale affords me many fond memories of being dedicated at the age of six, building a cardboard house in Haunting House, participating in the UU sexuality education course, and of youth group activities.
After graduating from National-Louis University with a degree in Elementary Education I spent ten years teaching various grades, as well as some early childhood classes, in both public and private schools. I began sharing my teaching talents with the church in 1992, teaching all the grade levels including becoming a trained Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education Facilitator and Senior Youth Advisor. I also served on the Religious Education Committee, several years as the chair. In 2004 I was hired as the Director of Religious Education. It is a pleasure and an ho
In the fall of 2013 I accepted the position of Director of Programs. This position allows me the opportunity to work with all the members and friends of the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale. Overseeing programs for people of all ages, providing opportunities for social action and supporting the work of this community brings me great joy. It is the way I share my knowledge and love of Unitarian Universalism with the world.
I have lived in Woodridge for 9 years, but was born and raised in the south suburbs outside of Chicago. I was a hair stylist before joining the administrative world and worked for 20 years in Downtown Chicago at Chicago Kent College of Law – IIT and the Illinois Restaurant Association. I attended services at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale and found the congregation and services friendly and comforting. When the job opening presented itself, I felt it was a good position to use my experience and meet more of the people on a one to one basis.