The Rev. Lois E. Van Leer was ordained into ministry in 1983 by the United Church of Christ after her graduation from Yale Divinity School. Her first years of ministry were spent as a Campus Minister at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. She became the Minister to Youth and then the Associate Minister at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Corvallis. While there her primary focus was on taking youth on mission/cultural exchanges both in country and internationally.
In the summer of 2000, she partnered with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis to take youth to Transylvania. That trip solidified her desire to broaden her theological and professional options in ministry as a Unitarian Universalist. She was minister at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bozeman in Bozeman, Montana, from 2003-2010. She began her ministry with the Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church in August of 2010. She holds dual ministerial standing with the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association. She shares her life with her spouse, Lori.
“Like so many before me, I have found Unitarian Universalism a gift in my life. The place my heart, mind, and spirit can call home. And like “home,” it comes with love and challenges. It nurtures us and it nudges us always further into exploration and into the living of questions. What a privilege it is for me to be making my way in this faith tradition with others who as the poet Rilke encouraged, try ‘to live the questions…’”
Are you wondering when you should call Rev. Lois? Why on earth should I call the minister?