Chaplains

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The Young Adult Revival Network is proud to run a chaplaincy program exclusive for young adults ages 18 to 30s. 


To speak with one of our chaplains, do the following

  1. Complete our Chaplaincy Request Form

  2. A Chaplain will reach out to you within 48 hours to set up a call.

  3. Our chaplain team prefers ZOOM, but a phone call will also work.

 

Chaplaincy is….

… the way we offer support and compassion to each other in community, and it’s a wonderful part of Unitarian Universalist ministry. The YARN Chaplaincy Team offers one type of pastoral care: supportive listening. Our goal is to listen and affirm and to help you realize the wisdom that’s within you. Pastoral care is care focused on your emotional and spiritual wellbeing. The Pastoral Care Team will be glad to hear from you, whether you are going through a tough time, want to share good news, or need some support with discernment and decision making.

 

Our Team Can Support You With…

… Loneliness, grief, and loss of someone or something important to you 

… Illness of your own or of someone close to you

… Stress or trauma in your community

… Challenges in justice work, organizing, and transformation

… Recognizing the meaning and purpose in your life

… Other life transitions/situations

 

Our Team Doesn’t...

... Do Crisis Intervention. 

... Offer specific advice.

... Offer counseling or therapy

... Diagnose or treat mental health conditions

 

Key Things to Know

... Chaplaincy is not acute care. If you are experiencing an acute and immediate crisis please call 911 or another crisis line listed here: https://bit.ly/crisislinesyarn

... We promise our chaplains will contact you within 48 hours or sooner depending on level of urgency.

... Our chaplains will meet with you up to 3 times around a particular subject. If more meetings are needed, we will work with you to identify long-term support. 

Meet the Team

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Roddy Biggs

"I'm healing; I'm growing; I'm learning to love myself, trying to find my place on this topsy-turvy journey that we call life."  Roddy Biggs uses they/them pronouns and is a Queer, BIPOC Young Adult. They hold a Bachelors's degree in Religious Studies and are a first-year seminary student at Meadville Lombard Theological as they pursue the Unitarian Universalist ministry. Roddy claims a  progressive anti-oppressive Christian faith grounded in the principles of the Unitarian Universalist faith and truly believes that a vocation in ministry means being a voice to and for all of those who can't or have not yet found their voice, to those who have told they don't' have a voice or that they don't belong, yet still longs for spiritual community and want someone, someone, to say to them that they are not broken, that society is broken and that they are welcome here just as they are sacred and holy."

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Rev. Chris Rothbauer

Rev. Chris Rothbauer (they/them) is a Unitarian Universalist minister currently serving in Auburn, Alabama. Rev. Chris’s call is a call to pastoral care, spiritual development, and justice and their ministry has included times in both parish ministry and hospital chaplaincy. Rev. Chris is an educator with the Emotional CPR program, where they teach people how to companion people who are in the midst of emotional crisis. Rev. Chris also has specialty training in animal chaplaincy, movement chaplaincy (chaplaincy within justice movements), eco-spirituality, and restorative circles. Rev. Chris attended seminary at Meadville Lombard Theological School and also holds a BA in Philosophy and English and a MA in Philosophy. They completed a chaplain residency at the University of Louisville Hospital. A native of Southern Indiana, Rev. Chris lives in Auburn with their partner and two rescue animals, a sweet senior beagle and a spoiled rotten cat. In their free time, they enjoy reading, hiking, shoestring travel, and learning languages--they’re currently learning their fourth language!

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Meg McGuire

Meg McGuire (she/her/hers) is a candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministerial fellowship, currently learning and serving as a hospital chaplain. A lifelong UU, she is guided by the work of love and liberation that gets us all free. After working as a union organizer in New York City, Meg completed her MDiv at Starr King School for the Ministry and her ministerial internship in San Francisco. She finds renewal watching the sun set over the bay with her partner Paige and pup Lottie, sharing food with friends and family, and spending time outside, ideally on a bike

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Beyssa Buil

Beyssa Buil (They/Stardust/She) was born and raised in Miami, Florida by two wonderful parents that emigrated from Cuba. At an early age, she began to observe how oppression manifested with her father being racialized while her white mother was not. This led her to immerse herself to learn about abolitionists and social activists and began to participate in organizing, demonstrations and advocacy work. She is an endorsed Humanist Associate Chaplain, Spiritual Director, Social Activist, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Educator and completing her Buddhist Ecclesiastical Endorsement studying under Roshi Joan Halifax.

Beyssa’s call as a community minister is about social justice as spiritual practice, and to the church outside of the church walls, since our society is suffering from the inequities brought about by systemic oppression. By providing spaces of intentional decolonized communal pastoral support, self-care, embodiment restorative practices and social emotional learning to dismantle our socialized individualism that gets in the way to connecting to ourselves and others. To address these systems of oppression and trauma that have been internalized. 

 

She is a parent to a teenaged son, a black cat named Mimi and her one hundred and eighty-seven plant family.