I am an ordained parish minister for the United Church of Christ, serving First Trinitarian Congregational Church, UCC of Scituate, MA. Leading churches to proclaim a gospel that is both grounded in helping the last and the least, while also being anchored to the direct experience of the loving oneness of God is important to me. I am married to my wife Kat and have three kids- Owen, River and Brynn, swimmers all. When not being a pastor, or on the pool deck announcing for meets, I enjoy sailing and swimming.
Before serving FTCC, I served Second Congregational church of Attleboro, UCC for twelve years. I led the church to become open and affirming, helped them start a monthly soup kitchen for families, and led them through much visioning work. I did work with the then MA Conference to advocate for better treatment of prisoners, and became part of the Unified Fitness Review Committee. In addition I participated in many community wide initiatives such as the Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative, the Interfaith Group, and was one of the founding members of the Greater Attleboro Interfaith Network which focused on providing less biased community policing.
My first parish was Plymouth Congregational church, UCC of Helena MT. I have many joyful memories of hiking and sailing with the young families. I led Plymouth in the Open and Affirming process and did much human rights work with the legislature. I was a member of the Policy Institute, and a founder of the Progressive Clergy Alliance.
A daily discipline of Centering Prayer has enabled this word man to open to the flow of God's still speaking presence. This helps me provide a hopefully effective, non-anxious presence to the parishes I have served; it is the keel to the sailboat of whom I am. I am a commissioned centering prayer presenter for Contemplative Outreach of Massachusetts.
Pianist and Organist
May is the month of love! I will be preaching on the theme of love and joy a few times, and on May 23 we will be having a special Sunday to celebrate our church. But it’s the month of love for an even bigger reason—our community is beginning to normalize after a challenging period of isolation and many disruptions due to COVID. I began serving the Church just when everything shut down. We did manage to do several dynamic things. We are all way more tech savvy than before. But we have also been missing the joy and love of physical community. Many of the programs such as progressive dinners and other fellowship opportunities that would have helped bring us together were just not possible. Even simple things like having your pastor over for a cup of tea had to be put on hold. But all of that is beginning to change. We will continue to provide Zoom services for those still uncomfortable with public gatherings; but I have been fully vaccinated, and am looking forward to getting to know you better. Many of you have also become fully vaccinated. Have me over. Take me on your favorite walk. Reach out to that special church friend and get together. Let’s get this party started! Fellowship and love is important for your church. It may even be the most important aspect of what we do! Join us for the May celebration and let’s do what we can do to bring our church community together! ~ Rev Vern firstname.lastname@example.org / Cell: (508) 409-8258