Our Minister and Staff
Rev. Dr. Linda A. Hart
Our minister, Rev. Dr. Linda A. Hart, is on sabbatical until the end of October 2021. While Rev. Linda is away, Rev. Joe Rettenmaier is our Sabbatical Minister.
“It’s hard to find a time of stillness in the midst of busy lives. Without an opportunity and intention to seek our deeper sources and wisdom, life can get pretty frayed. Coming together in worship gives us the chance to pause, to center our hearts and minds on what we love most and to reconnect with how we most want to live. The work of any congregation is to provide us with opportunities to deepen into our loves and intentions, to offer support and care along the road, and to remind us of the joy, beauty and delight that is woven through all our days.
“I invite you to join us on a Sunday for worship so that you can feel the welcome and community that TUUC offers.”
The Reverend Dr. Linda Hart has served TUUC as minister since August 2014. A lifelong Unitarian Universalist, she was ordained to ministry in 1984, and has served in diverse settings during her career. From working with the Northside Ecumenical Night Ministry in outreach to homeless teens, to serving a small congregation in southwest London, Rev. Hart brings experience of diverse settings and styles of ministry. She has served congregations as small as 30 and as large as 400.
Rev. Hart lives in Olympia with her husband, Peter Teets and their college-age daughter. When not working she loves to cook, knit, read, and cuddle and play with Cooper, the black lab.
Our Sabbatical Minister
Rev. Joe Rettenmaier
Rev. Joe Rettenmaier received his M.Div. from Meadville-Lombard Theological School in 2019. Since 1988 and leading up to his recent years in ministry, his professional livelihood was centered primarily on media production and marketing communications management within startup organizations here in our Salish Sea. This experience continues to shape his ministries of dismantling American white fragility and systemic racism, and reversing climate change.
Rev. Joe is working part-time with our congregation until Rev. Linda returns from her sabbatical at the end of October 2021. Rev. Joe can be reached at RevJoe@TahomaUU.com.
Director of Religious Exploration
Nancy first discovered Unitarian Universalism when her son was young, and she was looking for a church community. She was a member of Shorline UU Church for nearly twenty years where she served on the Board of Directors, and was an active member of the Children’s religious Education Committee, teaching religious education for over 15 years to children ages 3-5, active in the leadership of the Coming of Age program for middle-school and high-school age students, and taught in the Our Whole Lives program. Nancy brings both her volunteer UU religious exploration experience to her role at Tahoma UU, along with her professional experience working in social services agencies serving seniors, children, and adults with disabilities at the University of Washington, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, and the City of Seattle Human Services Department. Her interests include kayaking, camping, theater, and opera, and she has found great joy volunteering on home-building projects overseas with Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, she relishes her role as Grancy to her four-year-old granddaughter, and delights in experiencing the world with her.
Nancy is our part-time Director of Religious Exploration for Children and Youth, and can be reached at Dir.RE@TahomaUU.com.
Karliy brings over 15 years of experience working in childcare settings and with young children. She demonstrates great dedication to providing a safe and comfortable environment for our very youngest participants. Karliy is a Unitarian Universalist and has a firm desire to ensure those values are woven into the care she provides. She will be in the Nursery (almost) every Sunday and will work alongside a volunteer from our congregation.
Feel free to stop by the Nursery to introduce yourselves!
Libby brings a variety of experiences to her role as church administrator from managing large format films and traveling exhibits for science and history museums to creating theatrical productions from behind the scenes. She finds community with those who embrace the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism, is a member of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, and self-describes as an evolutionary panentheist (yes, panENtheist).
She has a BFA in Design and Technical Theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a MA in Philosophy and Religion with a focus in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Beyond her church administrator role, Libby is currently working on a personal writing project exploring stories of religion and science, and how our stories evolve and shape who we are.
A Mountaineer by birth, she finds daily inspiration from the awesome beauty and majestic presence of Mt. Rainier.
To reach Libby by email: Admin@TahomaUU.com