Everyone at FUSIT is happy to welcome our new interim minister, Rev. Anthony Johnson. Stayed tuned for information about a meet and greet with Rev. Johnson.
Reverend Johnson brings a wealth of experience to First Unitarian, having been a settled minister, an interim minister and a contract minister at numerous UU churches in his career. Most of his ministry has occurred in the Eastern United States (PA, NJ, CT, FL, NY), and he has taught ministry formation at the Meadville Lombard Theological School. He comes to us from the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg (PA). He is actively engaged with fellow UU ministers and interfaith work. With a degree in urban management, he has managed the budget and finances of an urban non-profit with a staff of 12. He is a published author.
Rev. Johnson is married to an attorney and fiber artist and has one adult daughter, an urban planner.
He is a socially engaged minister who has worked on school board reform, health care, post-incarceration employment, police presence in schools and excessive police force against people of color, inner city after school programs, and housing development, among other activities. He is an activist minister, out in the community on behalf of the church.
Believing that the congregation is deeply involved in and essential to ministry, his ministerial and organizational style is collaborative. His interactions with congregants are, wherever possible, one-on-one and always straightforward, and he expects congregants to be frank with him. He expects his interim ministry will help the congregation prepare itself for its next settled minister by knowing what it wants and where it wants to go. Meeting regularly with staff, he does not interfere with their work but seeks to enable them to do their jobs well and efficiently.
A strong supporter and activist in anti-racism initiatives of various kinds, including within the congregation, he expects to lift up FUSIT’s anti-racist work. He will be involved in Adult Religious Education and will be supportive of our DRE in child and youth programs. He was once a DRE himself.
Rev. Johnson is an advocate of future in-person services with simultaneous live streaming for those who are at home. He believes that music and the arts are significant components of Sunday services and congregational life.
We are very fortunate to secure Rev. Johnson as our interim minister and look forward to welcoming him into our congregation.