Rev. Roger Bertschausen Named Executive Director of UUPCC

Monday, February 8, 2016 —The Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council (UUPCC) has named Rev. Roger Bertschausen as its next Executive Director.  He will start work in May and take over the leadership in late June from Executive Director Cathy Cordes, who is retiring.

"Roger Bertschausen is a great choice to lead UUPCC. His personal and professional experience with partnerships is deep and his service as a former board member demonstrates his dedication to UUPCC’s mission," said Cordes. 

UUPCC Board President Dick Van Duizend added:

“I greatly look forward to working with Roger.  He is the right leader to build on the strong relationships that have been woven to kindle the flame of partnership in a new generation.” 

Bertschausen brings a record of leadership and growth from close to 25 years as the Senior Minister of the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Appleton, Wisconsin, which he left in mid-2015.  From 100 adult members, Bertschausen led the growth of the vibrant congregation to over 700 adults. He served as the Vice President and a member of the Board of the Partner Church Council from 2009-2015.  Bertschausen was also actively involved with Fox Valley’s establishment of two partnerships during his tenure – one with Deva in Transylvania and the other with Banaybanay in The Philippines. Connections with Unitarians abroad run deep at the Fellowship as one of its nine founders, Christine Morgan, was the American widow of Transylvanian minister and poet, Rev. Ferenc Balázs.

“I deeply believe that recognizing the truth of our basic and relentless inter-relatedness is a way to help heal the world.  And in my experience, nothing connects more profoundly in Unitarian Universalism than mutual partnerships between congregations from different parts of the world. I am honored and thrilled to follow Cathy Cordes.” says Bertschausen.

Long involved in social justice and community diversity issues, Bertschausen is a summa cum laude alumnus of Bowdoin College in Maine, and received his Masters of Divinity from the University of Chicago.  He recently moved to St. Louis, Missouri where the Partner Church office will relocate. Bertschausen can be reached at rogerpartnership@gmail.com

 

After the board meeting in Atlanta on January 29th, Transition Team head, Ann Gary commented:

“Based on the organization’s growth under Cathy Cordes’ able leadership and our dedication to new initiatives to strengthen existing partnerships, actively support new partnerships, and bring youth and young adults into the movement, we are well-positioned for this change.  We see a great opportunity for Roger to leverage the strength of the organization and the involvement of its members to realize an even stronger future.”   

Background on the UUPCC

The Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council is a grassroots, volunteer-based, non-profit organization dedicated to partnering North American Unitarian Universalist congregations with Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist congregations around the world.  We believe that the most powerful thing we can do to further our global faith movement is to introduce people to one another. We are committed to teaching, preaching and facilitating healthy interdependent relationships. We serve 180 partnerships and 600 individual members between congregations in the United States and Canada, and congregations in Burundi, the Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Kenya, the Philippines, Transylvania, Uganda, and the United Kingdom, and have helped to organize 1500 trips to partners over the past 10 years.

Contact:  Ann Gary – Transition Team Lead – Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council.  annkgaryuupcc@uupcc.org or 617-470-8530