Beginning September 2015, Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist welcomes a ministerial intern, Eileen Wiviott. In the preparation for the ministry, an internship is a time of intensive exploration of and active reflection on every aspect of congregational life. A teaching congregation provides a genuine and yet safe setting for this exploration.
I was raised as a Catholic at St. Theresa’s church in Palatine, though I experienced doubts, which I couldn’t express, and a feeling that I didn’t fit in from a young age. I left religion entirely in my 20’s but when I walked into the Unitarian Church of Evanston in 2001, looking for a religious community for my son, I immediately felt at home. My identity as a Unitarian Universalist has grown and deepened since that time and led me to become the Membership Director at the Evanston church in 2007, and then the Social Action Coordinator in 2010. I have been a Masters of Divinity student at Meadville Lombard Theological School since 2011, expecting to graduate in May of 2017.
I have found joy as a collaborative leader, a pastoral presence, and a passion for social justice through the love, encouragement, support and challenge of beloved UU community. Though I had never imagined myself a minister of any kind, I have been called to ministry as a Unitarian Universalist through the voices of many friends and members of my spiritual home. I live in Skokie with my husband, David, of 18 years, our 17 year old son, 12 year old daughter, and our dog Ozzie. They have all encouraged and supported me on my journey toward ministry. I look forward to our time together.