Our Minister: The Rev. Clare L. Petersberger
Rev. Clare was born in Washington, DC in May 1961, the same month and year the religious denomination that was to influence and shape her life was constituted in Boston as the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Her father was raised in a reformed Jewish synagogue in Iowa. Her mother was raised in an Episcopal church in New Jersey. Before marrying, they agreed to raise any children as Unitarian Universalists. Thus, Clare was raised in Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, Maryland and ordained by that congregation on June 18, 1989.
She served as student minister of The First Parish in Cambridge, MA, a congregation with a 371 year history, whose Paul Revere baptismal bowl was displayed in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and which still incorporated a Biblical reading in every worship service. She did her ministerial internship with Eliot Unitarian Chapel in Kirkwood, MO, a congregation with a 48 year history, which had a tradition of a raucous annual Madrigal Dinner and whose members loved to laugh in every worship service.
Rev. Clare began ministry with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Midland, Texas in August of 1989. Members of that congregation, located in the buckle-of-the Bible-belt, spoke at local school Board meetings to remove the confederate flag as a symbol of school spirit at a local high school and to keep Creationism out of the public school science curricula. They knew that religious freedom is not to be taken for granted.
Rev. Clare was called to The Towson Unitarian Universalist Church in May of 1999. She appreciates that members of this congregation, like Tim Berners Lee, founder of the world wide web, value that Unitarian Universalism “does not expect us to believe six impossible things before breakfast.” TUUC members and friends know only too well how Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle applies to personal life experience. Their compassion extends out into the community and wider world to feed people who are hungry, heal people who are addicted; educate girls about the world beyond their neighborhoods; lobby for civil rights and economic justice in Maryland; and develop good disciplines to steward the earth.
Rev. Clare enjoys the company of two cats; being an aunt to two young nephews; noodling on the piano; reading; attending local theater productions; and travel.
She welcomes the opportunity to get to know you. Please visit the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church and get to know us!