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Meet Our Two New UUMA Staffers!
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The UUMA continues to grow.  On January 1, Sarah Moldenhauer-Salazar joined the staff as our new quarter-time Endowment Director.  Sarah will be responsible for assisting the Executive Director in the successful implementation of the Sustaining the Call campaign.  On January 15 Emily DeTar will join the staff as our first ministerial intern.  Emily will be serving twenty hours per week for the next two years.  Her primary responsibilities will be to work on assisting on the development of the next phase of UUMA Connect which will include worship and more small group opportunities.  She will also be the primary staff support for the Beyond the Call: Entrepreneurial Ministry program.  If you are coming to the Institute for Excellence in Ministry you will be able to meet and welcome Sarah and Emily to the team; if not we hope you’ll reach out to say hello.  Sarah’s email is and Emily’s email is  


The Rev. Dr. Sarah Moldenhauer-Salazara - UUMA Endowment Director

Rev. Dr. Sarah Moldenhauer-Salazar earned a Masters in Psychology (ABD) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1997, and her Masters of Divinity from Starr King School in 2002. In 2003, she began a parish minister with Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laguna Beach, California. In 2007, due to family circumstances, she moved with her husband and two children to Oakland, California, where she has served for the past four years as the Associate Director of a local non-profit working with homeless and at-risk youth. Her commitment to our movement runs deep. She served six year as a Trustee of Starr King School for the Ministry, on the UUMA Guidelines Committee focusing on sexual ethics and Collegial Development Committee, as the President of the Pacific Central District UUMA Chapter, on the Capital Campaign for the UUA, and on the UUA President’s Council. Sarah recently received her Doctorate of Ministry from the Pacific School of Religion, producing a thesis on “A Larger Covenant—UU Membership for the 21st Century. She is delighted to join the UUMA staff for this important work!


Emily DeTar

Hello! I am Emily DeTar, a 25 year old candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry. Currently, I am finishing my last semester at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. I grew up U.U. and my family was actively involved with East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirtland, Ohio, about five miles from my hometown of Wickliffe. I grew up with a large interest in spirituality and religions, and loved to write, dance, and play clarinet. At the age of fourteen, I discovered a call to Unitarian Universalist ministry which has only grown over the last eleven years. I graduated from college with an English and Philosophy double major, and my sights set on seminary. While at college and through seminary, I have interned at various churches and communities, including the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wayne County,Breckenridge Village Retirement Community, and Community Church of New York. While studying at Union, I have gained a strong sense of the importance of embodied faith, both in social justice preaching, social action, and lived theology. When I am not working on schoolwork or church work, I love to sing, write poetry, read fiction, and to swing and salsa dance. As my call to ministry continues to unfold, I feel very blessed for all the support I have found along the way by ministers, colleagues, congregations, and friends. These support systems, as well as the continuing worship and education of ministers, are elements of ministry I am passionate about, and passions I look forward to working with in my internship with the Unitarian Universalist Minister’s Association. I am humbled and grateful to start the next stage of my developing vocation of ministry with the UUMA, and know that the next two years will be ones filled with blessing, joy, and faithful discovery.  



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