Meet Reverend Nancy Reid-McKee

https://www.uujaz.org/

Nancy Reid-McKee completed her Masters in Divinity at the Starr King School for the Ministry in 2018, and serving as a Ministerial Intern at the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock, in Manhasset, New York. She has been a Unitarian Universalist for 19 years, with a strong involvement in the Social Justice and Community Organizing programs in her home congregation and state (Granite Peak UU Congregation in Prescott, AZ). She helped create the Arizona state justice network for UUs (UUJAZ), served as President of the Board for her home congregation and UUJAZ, and lead the Senior High Youth program for over 12 years.

She was born in New Zealand and immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio when she was 6 years old. She attended Case Western Reserve University with a major in Psychology, then lived and worked for five years in an intentional community with folk confronting mental health diagnoses.

Nancy then attended nursing school at the MGH-Institute of Health Professions in Boston, receiving her Masters of Nursing Science and becoming a Women’s Health Specialist Nurse Practitioner. She later returned to post-graduate school and became a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her experiences included working in the Atlanta, GA hospital emergency room and working on the Navajo Nation, then the Shoshone/Paiute tribes in California, and later with other government agencies. She switched career paths in her 50’s as she decided to pursue her dream of being part of healing our world.

Nancy lives with her husband, Clark, who is a Physician Assistant. Her two children Cody (age 26) and Sam (age 24) live on opposite sides of the United States. For relaxation Nancy enjoys ceramics and sewing, and spends time every day either hiking, biking or swimming.

You can find more information about Rev. Reid-McKee on her website: https://nreidmckee.com/

The Search Process and Candidate Week

After 10 months of intensive listening, learning, meeting and discerning, the Ministerial Search Team brought Nancy forward as our candidate. The Search Team unanimously agreed that Rev. Reid-McKee is the perfect fit for Northlake. Interested in our congregation from the start, she worked to get to get to know us better through many thoughtful questions. We were just as excited to get to know her: She’s a great listener, with thoughtful answers to our many questions, easy to talk to, and has a great sense of humor. Rev. Reid-McKee’s many glowing references described her as compassionate, charismatic, collaborative, engaging, intelligent, calm, insightful, articulate, and passionate. As a Search Team, we are particularly excited about her passion for social justice, excellent sermons, experience working with youth, and commitment to being a part of a loving faith community.

Candidating Week and the Vote

From April 27th to May 5th, Nancy visited Northlake, attending countless potlucks, playing with children, speaking about social justice, sitting in on board meetings, and speaking in the pulpit. The goal was to have everyone at Northlake have an opportunity to get to know her. On May 5th, a congregational meeting was held. A motion was put forward to call Nancy to be our next settled minister. 109 votes were cast. There were 108 yeses, and one abstention! Nancy will join us in late August.