Rev. Kathleen C. Rolenz
Welcome to my website.
I am looking forward to meeting you.
Dear next prospective interim church:
We haven’t met yet, but I’m hoping we will! I am currently serving as the Interim Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis (UUCA) MD until July 2020. I was hired to be their Interim Senior Minister beginning January 2018, following the 34 year ministry of the Reverend Dr. Fred Muir. We’ve accomplished much together! UUCA is in the midst of a search for a colleague of equal standing to serve with Rev. John Crestwell, who was called to serve as the Associate Minister in 2009.
The interim search process begins at the end of April when all churches seeking an interim are revealed. By the first of May, I hope to be interviewing with your Search Team to discern if we are a good match. Although ideally I’d like to stay closer to my home in Charlottesville, VA, I am open to moving if it feels like a good match between my skills and interests and what you need.
Who am I?
After having served in three different congregations, I can tell you that engaging with each of these steps is essential to help prepare a congregation for its next chapter. As your interim minister, I would work with your leadership on defining, developing and implementing these tasks. Together, we create a clear outline of the work that you wish to do. Mid-year we evaluate the plan and at the end of year one (assuming this is a two year interim) we evaluate the work done in year one, create a new plan for the second year as you move more deeply into the process of preparing to call your next minister.
Transitional ministry is a special calling, and having lived and served as both a settled minister and as an interim minister, one isn’t better than the other. They are different experiences because they invite relationship-building, leadership, and insight from a minister on different timelines . Both the settled and the transitions minister has the opportunity to meet caring, dedicated and committed members who care deeply about their church, their faith and the lifespan faith development of their children. The difference between an interim and a settled minister is, of course, the fact that the interim work is time-bound from the beginning. What I’ve discovered is that there is no less affection or appreciation for both the minister and the congregation. I’ve felt deeply appreciate of the work I’ve done as an interim and have been happy to see the interim church’s I’ve served to enter their next chapter of congregational life.
Who Are You Outside of Ministry?
Although I’ve lived and worked all over the country, I stayed connected to my home state and town, (Ohio/Akron) and was very grateful to be able to live and close to my parents during the last years of their lives. I’ve been married to the Reverend Dr. Wayne B. Arnason since 1998. For sixteen of our twenty-one of married life we have been Co-Ministers, until Rev. Wayne’s retirement from full-time parish ministry in June 2016. His commitments and interests in retirement allow him to be very flexible in where we might live. We own a home in Charlottesville, VA which is where I will regularly visit during the interim time. I have a grown step-daughter who lives in Atlanta, GA and works for CARE, the International Aid organization with a focus on women and girls’ empowerment. She married Brandon Moulard on April 27, 2019 and is expecting twins in June 2020. My two brothers live on the east and west coasts, and a niece who lives in upstate New York.
I’m enthusiastic about a lot of things! I enjoy being physically active, hiking, biking and swimming and do them as often as I can. I like black coffee and early sunrises and walks with my husband before sitting zazen (meditation) and/or doing a lectio divina prayer practice every morning. I am prone to break out into song without provocation and have been known to tap dance in the kitchen while waiting for my coffee to brew. I’m an amateur musician who is learning to play the piano and re-learning to play the violin. I love films and film festivals. I’m pretty passionate about travel too. I love exploring new environments both close to home and around the world. I’ve enjoyed travelling to New Zealand, Israel, Palestine, Turkey, Iceland, Europe, and China. In 2018, we travelled to Croatia and visited with the Rolinc side of my Croatian ancestry. In Fall 2018, we also made connections with my Rolinc family in the Czech Republic.
I enjoy reading the New Yorker and Atlantic magazines, reading and writing poetry and short stories. In addition to the four books I’ve either written, co-written or edited with Skinner House, I have two additional books in the publishing queue; one on studying the Bible through a liberal religious lens and another on worship, liturgy and preaching.
I don’t know yet where this journey will lead, but I’m looking forward to exploring your needs, hopes and dreams for your future. I look forward to meeting you soon!