Our ministers
Morgantown, West Virginia Unitarian-Universalist
Love is the spirit of this church
The churches he served covered a wide area and showed his interest in the various manifestations of UUism: East Coast (Westboro, MA), Mid-West (Muncie IN, Toledo OH, Hinsdale IL), West Coast (Los Angeles CA, Long Beach CA), Alberta, Canada, and lastly (beginning around 2003 ) the UUFM, where, in 2010, he was designated Emeritus. Returning to WV in 1996, prior to becoming Consulting Minister for the UUFM, he entered the field of counseling and family therapy and became a licensed Social Worker. Marilyn, his artist wife of 49 years, died in 2009.
They have three children and three grandchildren. Michael The Rev, but always the poet-writer (and former years actor), has started publishing his works: Glistenings—Till Death Do Us Part, covering his Marilyn writings from beginning to the ending, published in 2010 and Altarpieces – Structures of Poetry and Spiritual Thinking, a poetic-theological-autobiographical work, published in 2011.
Michael D. O’Kelly (02-18-34) graduated with a BA from WVU (Theater/English / Pre-Med) in 1956. He was drafted into the Army in Sept. 1956 to Fountainebleau, France, where he jointly discovered Unitarianism, French wine, and the wider wonderful world of Europe. Back home in Dunbar WV he met and married Marilyn Creighton.
By September 1962, he was a student for the Unitarian (soon UU) ministry at Meadville-Lombard and the University of Chicago, winning the Laymen’s League scholarship award in his Freshman year and graduating with honors, the prize in Philosophy, and a Masters of Divinity in 1966. Ten years later he finished an MA Degree in Clinical Psychology from Ball State University.
Michael D. O’Kelly
Renee Waun
Ordained in 1981, Maurine (Renee) first served the United Methodist Church in Western PA, and then left the UMC for reasons of conscience to serve Unitarian Universalist churches in PA, OH and WV (East Suburban UUC, UUC Ohio Valley, UU Fellowship Ligonier and UU Fellowship Morgantown) . Prior to ministry, she spent many years as a teacher on a variety of levels including Montessori, high school and university, and she spent ten years as a chaplain (Captain) in the U.S. Army Reserve.
She has been active in AIDS advocacy, as well as speaking and serving on behalf of disenfranchised groups through various community groups and boards of directors. Her award winning book MORE Than Welcome: Learning to Embrace Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Persons in the Church was published by Chalice Press in 1999.
In 2005 Waun became the Founding Sponsor of the African Rural School Foundation, for 400 disadvantaged children and AIDS orphans in Uganda (www.africanruralschools.org) and she takes volunteers there on a working trip every winter for two weeks. In addition to working and volunteering, she loves to travel the world and spend time with her family (two grown daughters and five grandchildren).