It is a with great pleasure and not a little excitement that we announce the hiring of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston’s new Assistant Minister for Congregational Life, D. Scott Cooper.

On September 1, 2019, Scott will begin serving as he preaches his inaugural sermon at our Museum District campus. On September 8th, he will be at our Thoreau-Richmond campus for his first Sunday service at that location. Scott will be splitting his duties between both campuses.

At Museum District, he will be responsible for overseeing membership and pastoral care. At Thoreau-Richmond, he will serve as Campus Minister. From September through May, Scott will be at Museum District an average of one Sunday a month and at Thoreau-Richmond two Sundays a month. In the summer months, he will be at the Museum District more often.

Although born and raised in Kentucky, Scott has called Texas home for more years than he lived in his home state. Scott currently lives in Dallas with his husband, Conrad, and has two college-age step-children. After a career in theatre, special event and trade show design, Scott answered a long-stifled call and graduated in 2016 with his Master of Divinity Degree from Brite Divinity School on the Texas Christian University Campus. Since 1999, Scott has attended the First Unitarian Church of Dallas and is nearing completion of a year-long Chaplaincy Residency at Parkland Hospital in that city. In October, he will be ordained by the First Unitarian Church of Dallas.

Scott shares the following letter:

“As I sit to write this letter of introduction, I am in Spokane for Ministry Days and General Assembly. It is the morning after The Service of the Living Tradition, where I was recognized for having received Preliminary Fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist Minister. As well as my husband Conrad, the folks who supported me by sitting in my row in the Assembly Hall represented various stages of my ministry: the Assistant Minister and a lay leader from my home church, the head of my Internship Committee in Sacramento and her spouse, and Dr. Bossen and Carolyn Leap.
 
I am incredibly excited at the opportunity to serve as your Assistant Minister. Joining you is the culmination of years of my intentionally preparing for ministry and a lifetime of inadvertently gaining the skills, knowledge, and passion to prepare me to fulfill this calling.
 
Having learned about your congregations over the last few months, I see the unique opportunity you have to make a difference. This is unquestioningly a time in history when Houston and the world need our loving faith, our work for justice – and we need each other.
 
I look forward to serving you, and serving with you; to learning with you and working with you; and to growing in faith as we grow our faith. I can’t wait until September 1!”

Scott