“Cherish Your Doubts,” David Kraemer

 Church is a place of steady rhythm and the annual observance of cycles and seasons. For us especially, as Unitarian Universalists, it also is a place of challenge and questioning. Why do we do the things we do? How deep do we go? How do we keep it real? This service will celebrate a traditional view of church life, community and connection — with a twist. Along the way we will talk about chickens and spitballs and dynamite and a lot of other stuff.

Rev. David Kraemer is minister at United Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Waukesha, Wis., where he has served since September 2016. Ministry is his second career after 24 years as a journalist, working for newspapers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. The career change has been rewarding and not as surprising as you might think. Journalism is all about words and people, so is ministry, he says. He likes both. Along the way he has been an avid canoeist, kayaker and bicyclist. And he has long been a proponent of local foods, working at a food co-op during his time in seminary, and buying produce and meat from farm friends and CSAs.

He is a graduate of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, was ordained 2015 at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Rochester, Minn., and has served churches in Rochester; Fargo, N.D.; Rockford, Ill.; and Sioux Falls, S.D., during his time in formation and into his new career.