Minister

Rev. Connie Grant is our Interim Minister from August 2021 through July 2022 as we continue our search for our next settled minister. Connie brings comprehensive experience in ministry, with focus on preaching and worship, pastoral care, and religious education. She has served a number of congregations in various roles, including nine years as Religious Educator at Countryside Church UU in Palatine, Illinois and nine years as called Minister for Congregational Life at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, IL, as well as two-year positions in Shaker Heights, OH; Sacramento, CA; Midland, MI; and Pittsburgh, PA. She received a Master of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 2000 and was ordained in 2003. Her continuing education has focused on family systems theory, grief and end-of-life issues, and transitional ministry.

Theologically, she describes herself as a “metaphorical theist (with humanist tendencies).” She (sometimes) uses the word “god” to describe the creating, sustaining, and transforming power in and of the universe.

She brings a passion for Unitarian Universalism, for congregational health, and for helping people live lives of meaning and wholeness.

You may email Connie or reach her at 630-505-9408, ext. 702

Director of Religious Education

Steve Cooper C.R.E. (Credentialed Religious Educator) has been our Director of Religious Education since 2005. Steve, a long-time member of the church, embodies a passionate commitment to instilling Unitarian Universalist values in the youth of our church and incorporating them into the whole life of the church. He is a modern-day Renaissance man whose talents inform both his leadership and his cooperative work, building trust with our youth and attracting a wide range of interested volunteers. Steve knows that youth are the future of our church and our world.

You may email Steve or reach him at 630-505-9408, ext. 703.

Administrator

Sheri Regalado has supported staff and members of the congregation since 2003. She manages office functions including database maintenance, processing contributions, and assisting members and outside organizations with room reservations. Her exceptional organizational skills and long-term experience with the church are vital to the smooth functioning of this busy community.

You may email Sheri or reach her in the office at 630-505-9408, ext. 701.

Pianist/Accompanist

Vera Pelin has been our pianist and musical accompanist since 2019. She has been playing piano, harpsichord and organ for more than 20 years. Vera holds a Bachelor degree in piano performance from the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania. She has performed at festivals, competitions and recitals in Hungary, Romania and Moldova. Vera also teaches piano at the Naperville Music Academy and she is a member of the Illinois State Music Teacher Association.

Community Minister

The Rev. Dr. Myriam Renaud has been affiliated with DuPage UU Church as a community minister* since May 2013. Raised Unitarian Universalist, she was ordained as a UU minister in 2005 and holds a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School as well as a Ph.D. in religious thought and ethics from the University of Chicago.

In her ministry to the community outside the walls of this church, she is a scholar of religion in public life who specializes in data-driven analyses of current issues. Her general-audience articles have appeared in the UUA magazine UU World as well as The AtlanticThe ConversationReligion & PoliticsThe Globe PostReligion DispatchesSightings, and others. Currently, she is at work on an academic monograph, Toward a Moral God in an Age of Globalization and Expressive Individualism, and a general audience monograph, White Evangelicals in America.

A software engineer in her first career, she earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry and a graduate degree in computer science from the University of Missouri at Rolla. She lives in Chicago with her daughter, Sidney, and her husband, Paul, a musician and fiction-writer.

Community ministers are ordained Unitarian Universalist (UU) ministers who take our message and care beyond the walls of an individual church. Each community minister affiliates with a UU congregation.

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