Testimonials & References
From a Ministerial Colleague
“I have known Kathleen Rolenz for a good long time now, as a colleague and a friend. We have worked together on a variety of projects, and we have been colleagues in the community of Unitarian Universalist ministers serving our large congregations, me in Columbus, she in Cleveland, co-serving with her husband, Wayne Arnason
This is the Kathleen I know: she is an award-winning preacher of rich imagery, at the same time as she sways to the music of rock bands reminding her of her earlier years.
She works hard with passion and commitment, but she still maintains the gifts of play and fun. She takes the world in, marvels and keeps herself open.
Kathleen is incredibly well organized, with a focused skill for getting to the essence of what needs to be done. Her energy seems boundless to me, her pastoral skills are well honed, and her theological clarity matches her theological largesse. She gets things done, but is no stranger to asking questions, both to herself and others, which illumine not only how to get things done more fairly, but how to get more people involved.
I really feel the congregation who calls her will benefit greatly.
If you have any questions, my cell phone is 614-668-6185, and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
From a Member
I became a member of West Shore in 2012. Once I stepped through the door and heard a couple of Rev. Kathleen Rolenz’s sermons I was hooked and became a member not long after that. Joining WSUU and experiencing Rev. Rolenz as my minister truly changed my life. I can honestly say I would not be the person I am today had I not had her influence in my life. At first her sermons were what kept me coming back week after week, I loved listening to her and was often so inspired I would look further into the subjects throughout the following week. As time went on, I started to get more active in church classes (which there were always plenty of!) and I began to have a spiritual and social awakening. Rev. Kathleen noticed this and recognized the potential leadership qualities within me and encouraged me to become a chair of the racial justice task force at WSUU. If it had not been for her recognition of my full potential I would never be the activist and community leader that I am today.
Rev. Kathleen’s leadership and social/racial justice work inspired me to start on my own path for true equality in our county. At a time when many are confused and overwhelmed with the state of affairs in our country, I am inspired, dedicated, hopeful and ready to resist. A big part of this is due to Rev. Kathleen’s own dedication and leadership to these causes. I am so very grateful and lucky that this beautiful, amazing minister touched and blessed my life. I know there are many others out there that will experience the same!
From a Member inspired to enter seminary; who recently was granted Preliminary Fellowship
I joined the West Shore Unitarian Universalist church in May of 2009. One of the things that impressed me about the Unitarian Universalist church was the services. Rev. Kathleen Rolenz always preached a well laid out and put together sermon. I enjoyed her stories, personal examples and use of both modern and ancient sources in her sermons.
Reverend Kathleen was very encouraging and supportive of me when I made the decision to heed the call and go into the ministry. As a future Unitarian Universalist minister, I am thankful that I have Rev. Kathleen’s example. . Her ability to preach, teach, inspire and lead has provided me with a standard to look up to and work towards. I also have seen Kathleen work with her fellow colleagues and watched her lead and direct them in numerous projects and campaigns.
I can only hope that some time in my ministry I have the opportunity to work along side Reverend Kathleen.
Mr. John Duffin
Transitions Team, Chair
1202 Southfield Drive; Menasha, WI 54952 Home phone: 920-841-2799 Japple51@gmail.com
Mr. Duffin was chair of the Transition team that interviewed, but was initially unable to find an interim minister for the 2015-2016 year. In June 2015, my co-minister, The Reverend Wayne Arnason and I agreed to be the Co-Senior transitional ministers, each working ½ time for the Fellowship and ½ time at our settled ministry at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church. In December 2015, the offer was extended to me to serve as Senior solo minister at the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for the 2016-2017 fellowship year.
Mr. Tim Smith
President, Board of Trustees
West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church
4453 Porter Road
North Olmsted, OH 44070
Mr. Smith was on the executive team during the last year of our ministry at West Shore, becoming President of the congregation in June 2015.
Rev. Nan Hobart
Retired, Minister Emerita
First Unitarian Society of Denver
Rev. Hobart has known me since my days at Iliff School of Theology, when I was a seminary student and served as their church administrator, and who has been long-time mentor and friend in ministry, co-ministry and life.