UUA Elects First Woman President

The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray steps to the podium as the newly elected president of the Unitarian Universalist Association duirng the 2017 General Assembly in New Orleans, La. Photo courtesy of UU World/Nancy Pierce

(RNS) An Arizona pastor and immigrant advocate has been elected as the first woman president of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

The election of the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray on Saturday (June 24) follows the resignation of the Rev. Peter Morales, who left office in April three months short of the end of his second term amid controversy about diversity in the UUA.

The Rev. Sofía Betancourt was appointed as one of three co-presidents to complete Morales’ term.

“I am honored to follow her!” said Frederick-Gray, 41,  after her election, according to UU World, the association’s magazine.

All three of the candidates for president were women; Betancourt was not on the ballot.

Morales, the first Latino president of the liberal and mostly white association, said someone else needed to address the religious movement’s diversity problems after criticism mounted over hiring practices.

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