​Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is pleased and excited to announce that Rev. Chris Rothbauer is our candidate for settled minister and will be visiting us​ April 27-May 5th for candidating week.​ Rev. Rothbauer shares with us a deep desire to foster social justice and inclusivity as we live our first principle, honoring the inherent worth and dignity of all people. Rev. Rothbauer’s roots are from Appalachia and congregations in Michigan, Alberta, Canada and​ Kentucky have been served by Rev. Rothbauer. In addition to double BA degrees in Philosophy and English, Rev. Rothbauer also has three Master’s degrees including an MA in Philosophy, an MA in Leadership Studies and a M.Div. from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. Rev. Rothbauer offers AUUF a wealth of experience and perspective in creating a more just world for all people through their work in TRUUsT (Transgender Religious Professional Unitarian Universalists Together) the professional organization for transgender UUs. For our wider Auburn/Opelika community, Rev. Rothbauer offers leadership from their experiences as a founder of Keweenaw Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and co-founder of the Keweenaw LGBTQ Network. AUUF is proud to invite​ Rev. Rothbauer and their partner, Calvin, to spend a week candidating and getting to know us. At the end of the service on May 5th, the congregation will vote to affirm Rev. Chris as our next settled minister. We extend a warm welcome from the “loveliest village on the plains.”​