Rev. Kellie is on sabbatical leave from January 1, 2023 through April 30, 2023. Rev. Ruth Hopkins is our sabbatical minister while Rev. Kellie is on leave (see her profile for an introduction to Rev. Ruth).
Rev. Kellie has been the minister of Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Dayton, OH since 2018. As a third-generation single mother, she became the first person in her family to attend college, completing her undergraduate degree at the age of 41. She went on to earn a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Leadership at Meadville Lombard Theological School. Rev. Kellie served as a Director of Religious Education at Second Unitarian Church of Chicago and intern minister at Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Oak Park, IL.
Rev. Kellie considers social justice work an important part of her ministry, describing herself as an antiracist feminist. She was the chairperson of UU Class Conversations for 3 years, an organization which seeks to make Unitarian Universalism a more class-inclusive faith. Currently, Rev. Kellie is an active volunteer with Faith Choice Ohio, supporting all people seeking safe abortions post-Dobbs, and serving her second term on the UU Justice Ohio Board. She also is a suicide-attempt survivor and mental illness advocate. Rev. Kellie is dedicated to creating a world where every human being can thrive, no exceptions.
You can learn more about Rev. Kellie at her website: www.kellieuukelly.com