Rev. Laurie Bushbaum will be our Interim Minister until First UU settles its next “called” minister, likely the spring of 2017.
Rev. Laurie attended United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and was ordained in 1984 at First Universalist Church of Minneapolis. She has served large and small churches. She and her husband Michael have two young adult children and consider Minneapolis their permanent home.
She is passionate about creative worship that includes people of all ages and helping congregational systems grow and change. She brings credentials as a Parish Minister, a Minister of Religious Education, and training in Non-Profit Management and Fundraising. When not working, Laurie will likely be outside: running, walking, cycling or skiing. Some also might be digging in the dirt at the Growing Faith Community Garden or working on a quilt. Top of her bucket list is walking the 500-mile Camino de Santiago trail in France and Spain and knitting a sweater. She makes wicked good brownies and home-made coconut macaroons.
Anji handles church finances, membership management, congregational statistics, human resources, building use, and more. She studied non-profit management and holds a B.S. in Human Services Leadership from UW Oshkosh.
Anji loves reading, writing, researching local history, and walking her dogs. She and her family love to cook and entertain together.
Email: Anji@uuwausau.org Office Hours: T, W, Th 9-2 and any time by appointment.
Director of Lifespan Faith Development
Julie has a B.A. in Family Consumer Science with a minor in Health and Wellness Education. Her Master’s is in Health and Human Development. She has taught at the junior high, high school, and college levels. She and her husband, Jeremy, have three children; ages 3, 5, and 9.
Julie has taught classes in Human Growth and Development, Infant and Toddler Development and Programming, Development of the Preschool Child, Family Structure and Interaction, Family Life Education, Human Sexuality, and the Adult Learner. She has worked with at-risk youth and has been a career counselor for high school students.