Intentional Interim Pastor Janet Adair Hansen joined us Nov. 1, 2019, after our former pastor Victor Stanley retired. Rev. Dr. Hansen came to us with 36 years experience in parish ministry, plus service as nursing home chaplain and campus minister. She had served Christ Community Church in Cortland NY for nearly 18 years before retiring in 2018. A graduate of Duke Divinity School and San Francisco Theological Seminary, her doctoral dissertation was on "Wilderness Spirituality" - she hoped to strengthen our connection to neighboring Acadia National Park and our advocacy for environmental justice.
SUMH formed a "Search Committee" to write up a description for a permanent "Settled Pastor" in Sept. 2020. The "Local Church Profile" was approved in May 2021, and the 3/4 time position will be publicized through the UCC denominational opportunities.
Somesville Union Meeting House
The Somesville Church is a United Church of Christ congregation known for its prophetic voice, food and fellowship!
"Meeting House" is an old Congregational and Quaker term for the building where the community of faith would meet with each other and with God. Our church meets in a historic, traditional New England white building with a tall steeple, situated in the quaint village of Somesville on Mt. Desert Island, close to Acadia National Park.
Besides our concern and compassion for all God's children, as well as Creation, we are known for our warm fellowship and delicious food - selling pies in the summer and having Lobster Dinner fundraisers.
Our church was the first in Maine to declare support for the LBGTQ community in January 1996.
Twelve years later the congregation adopted another prophetic stance, declaring SUMH to be a "Just Peace Church" in Jan. 2008.