Rev. Paula Maiorano


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The Rev. Paula Maiorano is serving as UUSD's Interim Minister for a two-year period, which ends in June, 2017. She is a native Delawarean and graduate of the University of Delaware and Lancaster (PA) Theological Seminary. She has extensive ministerial experience serving as a parish minister, chaplain, interim minister, and community minister in the developing prison reentry sector. She previously served as the organizational minister for the UUs of Central DE. She is co-founder of the Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow and founder of Second Chances of Delaware (formerly A Center for Relational Living), a non-profit agency that provides services to formerly incarcerated men and women. Rev. Maiorano and her husband currently live in Wilmington, DE and have a second home in Sussex County. They are the parents of two sons.


A new church building plus a new, and temporary, minister...these definitely place a community in unchartered waters that ebb and flow with inherent gifts and risks. Let me suggest that a spirit of adventure is called for to navigate these waters and to live in the adventure, which one dictionary describes as "an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity." Whether or not hazardous, change, even positive change, is stressful. The traits of resilience are needed for our  journey of transition. Creativity, a sense of purpose, and setting your inner compass to true north come to mind. And Oh yes! Fun. Fun is absolutely relevant.

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