On April 19, 2016 the Executive Committee of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) has confirmed the appointment of the Rev. Sara Ascher as the new Interim Executive Director of the organization. She will start her new service in August, taking over the position from current Executive Director, Rev. Steve Dick, retiring at the end of the year.
Sara has been a Unitarian Universalist her entire life. After graduating from Andover Newton Theological School in 2000 with her Masters of Divinity she spent the next 16 years serving Unitarian Universalist congregations in the United States. She has been an active volunteer for the ICUU for the past five years. During that time, she has come to understand that Unitarian Universalism doesn’t look the same around the world and that diversity only makes our varied, multifaceted faith richer, more powerful and more exciting.
“I believe that the future of our free, liberal faith lies in our ability and commitment to reach across culture and country in order to connect to one another. It is through direct connections and frequent and interactions that we will be able to bolster and build our faith, as well as address the crucial issues of our time. I am thrilled to help lead and be a part of shaping the future of this important, vital global work of our Unitarian/Universalist faith.”, says Sara.
ICUU is in the midst of a transition period, and we are grateful for the promising new opportunities that this change will bring. As we just celebrated the 20th anniversary of its service, we are engaged in reshaping the vision, reforming our governance, strengthening our financial base with new tools and collaborative exchanges.
The Executive Committee recognizes that adaptive change is needed in order for ICUU to provide the level of service required for the next 20 years. A key factor for this future development will be the leadership of the new Executive Director. We are committed to work together for developing ICUU into a new agency, fulfilling its noble mission.
We welcome Sara to this position as she offers her experience, faith, wisdom and knowledge for the service of the ICUU! Please join me in wishing well to Sara as she looks toward serving our global faith more directly as the Interim Executive Director of the ICUU. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.