May 25, 2019
Mary Katherine Morn Appointed President & CEO of UUSC

Mary Katherine Morn
May 24, 2018 — The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, a nonprofit, human rights organization based in Cambridge that works throughout the United States and more than a dozen other countries, recently announced the appointment of Rev. Mary Katherine Morn as its president and chief executive officer.

She succeeds Tom Andrews who stepped down after serving two years in the post to form a human rights initiative focused on the Rohingya people and their current crisis.

“Rev. Morn is a true leader and visionary who will take us forward during this extraordinary time,” said Rev. Dr. Lyssa Jenkens, board of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee ( UUSC). “She has been one of our most respected and admired parish ministers with a long history of growing congregations and increasing institutional impact.

“Since 2014, she has done an extraordinary job as chief development officer at the Unitarian Universalist Association. She is a leader who listens, who reaches out, who acts. She has a warmth and collaborative style that touches all who know her.”

Morn came to the UUSC with 30 years of experience serving progressive values and working for justice through her leadership in Unitarian Universalist congregations, community organizations, and for the last four years with the Unitarian Universalist Association.

She served congregations and communities in Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia before becoming chief development officer and special advisor to the president of the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2014.

“This is a great honor and great privilege,“ said Morn, “and a challenge I relish at a time when human rights, human dignity and human lives are at risk around the world. We have much to accomplish at UUSC, in cooperation with our grassroots partners, and I am confident we will continue to advance the social justice causes that are so critical to our values.”

She added, “I’m honored and joyful to be taking on the role of President and CEO and furthering the cause of international human rights.”

Morn earned a Master of Divinity degree in theological and ministerial studies at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.

For eight years, Morn served on panels for the UU Funding Program and has also held various positions within the UU Ministers Association, including vice president of the executive committee. She was the president of Senior Ministers of Large UU Congregations and the former co-chair of the UUA President’s Council.

Founded in 1940, UUSC today engages with more than 40,000 members and supporters with a focus on educating them to take informed action on a wide range of human rights issues, including promoting economic justice, bolstering environmental justice, and protecting civil liberties.

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