New Unitarian minister to lead Summit County congregation
Reverend Beth Chronister, a new minister at High Country Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, recently joined the Summit County Community. With her first sermon on Sunday, Sept. 6, Chronister is returning to the mountains this Saturday for an open house in Frisco.
Chronister, who grew up as a Unitarian Universalist in Kansas, moved out to Denver five years ago to study at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. She was drawn to ministry after serving in Paraguay with the Peace Corps for several years.
“Intergenerational community is so rare in our country and I think it’s very important. I lived and learned that there,” Chronister said. “…(it) was really transformational, the experience of really living within community, the richness that is there and the importance of how to support and nurture a healthy community.”
As a co-chair with the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, Chronister’s work is centered on creating connections within a wide congregation of people, and encouraging them to take time to ask life’s difficult questions.
“One of the important ones that is near and dear to my heart is, what do spiritual practices look like when we have so much diversity in our beliefs?” Chronister said. “The congregation almost ends up being this microcosm where we can play with, what does it mean to be in community and relationship with people who are different than you?”
She also plans to work with the community to tackle local issues, including immigration justice and climate change, two issues she has worked on with a Denver congregation. In addition, Chronister is considering putting together a discussion series on different world traditions.
Saturday’s open house will be focused on opening conversations with people who are interested in Unitarian Universalism as a religious tradition, or just curious. The event will take place from 1-3 p.m. at the Royal Buffalo Room at the Summit County Commons in Frisco.
“We will be connecting with people and sharing cookies of course,” Chronister said.
She looks forward to working with the Summit County congregation to create a community out of many different walks of faith.
“I think it takes a certain courage and vulnerability and it’s something we’re still learning,” Chronister said.
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