“Ministers, Ministry, Ministering,” Rev. Sarah Oelberg

As UCN prepares to welcome a new part-time minister, it can be useful to think about the various roles of both the called minister and the congregation. You have been doing ministerial work yourselves for a long time, but now you will be sharing that work with the minister. Who should do what?

Sarah Oelberg has been a special education teacher, has written special ed. curriculum for our U.S. Office of Education, was a faculty member at Yeshiva University in New York and at NYU, and trained special ed. teachers in Iowa. With all that experience, academia and wisdom under her belt, she followed her heart as the first in her six generation Unitarian family to become a UU minister. After serving churches in Nebraska and Minnesota, she retired in 2001. She and husband Gerald raised four children and have six grand- and four great-grandchildren.