I am very excited to write my first “Pastor’s Corner” submission to The Sheridan Press on behalf of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sheridan. My name is Kali DeHart and I am the new minister of the fellowship. Historically, there has been a Unitarian Universalist community in Sheridan dating back more than 35 years.
It’s a community that started with a letter to the editor. One of the founding members of our fellowship, Ronn Smith, placed a letter in the paper seeking like-minded individuals who wanted to share in discussions about faith and essential ideas about who we are. So began the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sheridan.
I have the honor of serving as their first minister. The fellowship has been lay led for many years, and now we are partnering together in the hopes of growing and strengthening a liberal voice in Sheridan. As Unitarian Universalists, we follow a covenant focused on what we call our seven principles.
For those unfamiliar with Unitarian Universalism, let me take a moment of your time to explain who and what we are. As mentioned previously, we promote and affirm principles that are grounded in the humanistic teachings of the world’s religions. These principles include respect for the inherent worth and dignity of each person, belief in an interconnected web of life, democratic process, and justice, equality and compassion in human relations, to name just a few.
We strive to bring together people from all walks of life. We offer spirituality without dogma.
We welcome anyone regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual identity, gender expression, age, ability, marital status or theological preference. Our worship services are grounded in our principles, not a specific religious belief. We have members who are Quakers, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, agnostics, atheists, humanists and everything in between. Our faith grew out of Judeo-Christian history just like most congregations in town. Unitarian Universalist congregations have existed for a very long time.
We are grounded in the belief we need not think alike to love alike.
I appreciate the chance to talk a little about my fellowship and what we as a congregation strive to bring to the community of Sheridan. I myself am new to Sheridan. I was raised in Iowa and grew up in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames. I was ordained in 2011 following my studies at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. Following my ordination, I worked as a chaplain in hospitals and hospice ministry for several years before taking a short break to travel and work for the National Park Service. I moved to Montana in 2016.
Once settled in Fort Smith, just across the Wyoming border, I reached out to the Sheridan fellowship in hopes of finding my own community here, which I did.
If you would like to join us any Sunday, we meet at 10 a.m. Our building is located at 1950 E. Brundage Lane. If that’s a difficult first step for you but you would still like to talk and find out a little more about us, please call or send me an email. You can reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the fellowship at (307) 672-3135.
Rev. Kali DeHart is the minister for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sheridan.