top of page
  • UJCC

A Word from Rev. Kris

Updated: Jun 15, 2022

Rev. Kris (Marshall) Gallagher served UJCC from 2008-2010. Among other things, she is remembered for her wonderful ministry to young people and introducing UJCC to the labyrinth prayer walk. She sends her greetings:

Happy anniversary, UJCC!

As I look back on the two years I was able to spend in ministry with the people of UJCC, I give thanks to God for the many lessons I learned and the special relationships that touched my life in inimitable ways. I remember the late nights and lock-ins, the classes and meetings, camps and mission trips, band practice and guitar lessons, and being extremely sleep-deprived and well-fed throughout it all. I was especially proud of the participants in the first adult mission trip to a sister church across town, born out of a Bible study class on the book of Matthew. I also cherished working with Stan Morita on a project to help share the stories of resilience and "shikata ga nai" from the Nisei with their Yonsei grandchildren as we learned about the Japanese-American internment. I am humbled when I recall the ways the Bridge Team helped me, as a hakujin, build stronger relationships with the multicultural congregation. Names and faces that bring me joy are too many to list, but I couldn’t have done it without the support of Stephanie, Neil, Janel, Rev. Kay, Rev. Keith & Vicki, and all of the support from individuals and families who were gracious and offered me their kindness and the benefit of the doubt in the midst of what I am sure were many mistakes born of trying to substitute enthusiasm for experience. Arigato gozaimasu, and God bless you for the next 30 years and beyond!

84 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

UJCC Sunday Worship Service February 5, 2023 * 5th Sunday After Epiphany ​ “People don’t enjoy salt. They enjoy what is salted. We are the salt of the earth. We do not exist for ourselves.” -John Pipe

UJCC Sunday Worship Service January 29, 2023 * 4th Sunday After Epiphany “There is nothing small in the service of God.” -St. Francis De Sales We Gather Together You are invited to the spiritual pract

UJCC Sunday Worship Service January 22, 2023 * 3rd Sunday After Epiphany We Gather Together You are invited to the spiritual practice of returning thanks to God. You can try our online giving option H

bottom of page