Friday, May 16, 2008

Celebrating Roddy Cleary

Roddy O'Neil Cleary has so eloquently graced the pulpit of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington, Vermont as Affiliate Minister since her appointment in September 1997. This venture marks her "third religious vocation." A former Roman Catholic nun, Roddy has also directed the Cooperative Campus Ministry and taught in the Women's Studies program at the University of Vermont. She and her husband Bill have two sons, Neil and Tom.

Roddy is retiring this summer and a celebration of her life and ministry will be held at the First UU Society at the head of Church Street in Burlington at noon on Sunday, June 8.

I have known and worked with Roddy for many years and she has always been a loving and compassionate person, with the right words for occasions of celebration as well as comfort in sadder times. Roddy's warm smile, true interest in others and ready humor will be missed by her UU friends as she embarks on her next adventure. Check here for a list of her recent sermons.

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