It is my pleasure to serve as a consulting minister this 2017-2018 program year with the First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo while they are in the search process for a 1/-2 time minister. I am glad you are visiting this website to learn more about this inquiring and growing community.
What is a consulting minister? Someone who is engaged by the Board of Trustees on behalf of the congregation to consult and support the congregation towards achieving their key goals. Like a visiting coach, I am available to support the leaders, members and friends on-site for two days each month (check the website calendar to see the dates of my upcoming visits).
Here is a bit about my background: I grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan as part of a large family. My first career was in the theatre as an actor and stage manager. I wanted to work more closely with a community in the search for truth and meaning in life. This eventually lead me to the Unitarians, and then to my work as a Unitarian minister (which I have been doing now for 15 years). I’ve served congregations in Edmonton, Montreal, and Calgary.
Besides the 24 hours a month I am working with your congregation, I am also a quarter-time consulting minister with the Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship (who I visit the first weekend of each month). This is my sixth year with them. In the larger community, I do workshops using creativity and the arts as tools for spiritual exploration. That’s why I also describe myself as a Spirit Artist.
When I am not on Vancouver Island each month, I am working from my home office in Vancouver. I can be contacted by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or cell phone (778-870-9015). I hope you’ll explore this website and also come visit us in person! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
We are seeking half time ministry.
Please read our profile and ministerial search survey below:
Arms Wide Open
“Our deep understanding of our interdependence calls us to love and justice, to keep our arms wide open and hug the hurting world. Amen” Rev. Brian Kiely
Read Rev. Kiely’s thoughts shared by the Canadian Unitarian Council: