Our Next Minister

For those of you who missed it, we have an exciting announcement! High Street has found its next minister! Introducing Rev. Amanda Schuber and her family, who will be moving here and joining High Street in August. Here’s an introduction from Rev. Amanda:

“I tend to find introductions like this awkward, as I never really know where to begin. I am Reverend Amanda Schuber, my pronouns are she/her/hers, or anything said in love. I have lived in the deep South for most of my life and consider myself a dedicated Southern Minister. Currently, I live in the Huntsville, AL area with my wife, Wanda, and two of our three children. I spend most of my free time engaged as a taxi and sports mom extraordinaire for my two youngest children, Joseph (9) and Nora (11). Our oldest child, Samantha, and her husband, Cody, are stationed in South Dakota, serving in the United States Air Force. When not at the ball fields, our family loves to camp and hike all over the country. I am also an avid gardener, crafter, and theater patron.

I have served the UU world in various capacities over the last 27 years, including sitting on the Boards of EQUUAL Access, Interweave, and CUUYAN (Continental UU Young Adult Network). I spent two years living in Boston, working at the UUA in the Office of Congregational Fundraising. Additionally, I have been a Beyond Categorical Thinking facilitator since 2004 and have been privileged to work with well over 50 congregations in that time. Congregationally, I have held many positions, including social action chair, worship chair, and DRE.”

I am a graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry. My call to the Ministry currently pulls me to the parish and trauma/chaplain ministry in the more distant future. I am an advocate for disability rights and visibility in the wider world and within our denomination. Specifically, I strive to create a welcoming and supportive space for those living with mental health challenges and their families.”

As we begin the process of ending our ministry together, a new one is getting ready to take root and blossom! Congratulations, High Street!

—Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan

Easter at High Street: Welcome Home!

High Street Church Zoom Worship with Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan– April 17, 2022

As we re-gather in person and online, Rev. Sarah will lead us in an Easter service that draws from her lenten reading of Diana Butler Bass’ book “Freeing Jesus: Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way and Presence” and Tripp Fuller’s book from his Homebrewed Christianity series “Jesus: Lord, Liar, Lunatic…or Awesome?”

Living Between Awakening and Surrender

High Street Church Zoom Worship with Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan– April 3, 2022

How is life calling you into spending these precious moments? How has the experience of waking up to life challenges and beauty changed you and what will you do now? Rev. Sarah invites us into the contemplative and the active–a nexus where we are both spiritually fed and energetically engaged.

Renewing Faith…Together!

High Street Church Zoom Worship with Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan– March 27, 2022

Rev. Sarah and voices from High Street look at the goals of ministry for High Street and consider the call to grow together and learn together.

The Service on March 27 will be In-Person in the Sanctuary! This will be a “soft roll-out” for us to see how things work inside. Stay tuned for more details. If all goes as planned, we will then go back to Zoom Only until Easter when we hopefully will resume In-Person Sanctuary Services permanently unless conditions get worse. Zoom access will remain available for those who do not attend in-person. Please come with a spirit of helping us experiment and giving us useful feedback, and not an expectation that we’ve got it all figured out.

As a Caring Community, we especially want to create a safe space for those who are at high-risk or have loved ones at high-risk; we want them to feel safe, welcome, and included when we meet together. Please help us do this by bringing and wearing a high-quality properly fitted mask and maintaining as much physical distance between households as practical while inside. Masks will be required. Masks will be available for those who do not have one. Please note that the basement will remain closed except for staff.

Renewing Faith and Embracing Emergence

High Street Church Zoom Worship with Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan– March 20, 2022

Living through a pandemic has been a shared liminal experience we are hoping to emerge from with some clarity for our shared future and for our own lives. After so many challenges, many of us may yearn for a deeper sense of clarity and yet also feel wary of what’s ahead–we want to protect our hearts from disappointment because we have become familiar with its ache.

What are the gifts of liminality? What spiritual practices can help us navigate liminality? How do we know when we are emerging–and will we be ready?

Greatest Hits

High Street Church Zoom Worship with Beth Collins – March 6, 2022

Beth Collins gave her first sermon at High Street 30 years ago. It was scandalous! People still talk about it. Since then Beth has presented dozens more services and sermons. Tune in for a reflection on 30 years of speaking at High Street.

Widening the Circle of Concern: Blossoms of Faith

High Street Church Zoom Worship with Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan– February 27, 2022

Rev. Sarah and Mary Lou invite us into the kick off of our Spring canvas. When we embrace our promises and commitments to ourselves, each other, and the broader community, we can offer a renewal of our core capacities and an opportunity to grow spiritually and communally and make room for others to join us! –We’ll zoom from inside the sanctuary!