Introducing the Reverend Holly Brown
By Linda Wright
The Interim Minister Search Committee (Annette Pearce, Kerry Burner, Ed Oaksford, Ila Womack, Aun-Drey Brown, Alana Stuart-Tilley, and Linda Wright) is proud to announce that for the next two years, the Reverend Holly Brown will be serving UUCT as Interim Minister, as we prepare ourselves to search for a new settled minister.
The Rev. Holly Brown (pronouns: they/them) was recently ordained by Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church in Charlotte and Salisbury, NC, where they have served as a ministerial intern. Holly’s pronouns are they/them/theirs. Holly is passionate about pronoun education. They worked with Jami Yandle in the process to update the language of the Second Source (part of the principles and purposes in the UUA bylaws) from “prophetic women and men” to “prophetic people” to be more inclusive of all genders and ages.
Holly was raised as a United Methodist pastor’s kid (PK) primarily in Eastern North Carolina. Following graduation from UNC-Asheville, Holly worked for NC State Historic Sites.
Reverend Holly was introduced to Unitarian Universalism through the Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPs) at the UU Congregation in Greenville, NC (UUCG). Holly quickly realized that it was their spiritual home.
While attending UUCG Holly began to more fully understand their racial bias and their own privilege. They also served as a part-time Interim Director of Religious Education at the UU Congregation of Greenville, NC before perusing ministry. They graduated from Methodist Theological School in Ohio with a Master’s in Divinity in 2019. During seminary, Holly completed a field education class as a student minister at North Unitarian Universalist Church in Lewis Center, Ohio and one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Holly has been actively involved with the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice, MeckMIN (Mecklenburg Metropolitan Interfaith Network), and Forward Together: The UU Justice Ministry of North Carolina. Recently, Holly has been involved with drafting a mission and vision statement for the UU Mental Health Network. This is important work to generate awareness of mental health as a justice issue both within and beyond the UUA.
Reverend Holly enjoys hiking and spending time in nature as a form of spiritual connection and nourishment. They also love history and the macabre so they often spend time in cemeteries looking for the oldest headstones.