My sympathy

Last night, the Unitarian Universalist ministerial college openly lamented the death of Unitarian Universalist minister Jennifer Slade, who died on Tuesday and who was discovered Thursday.

I want to express my sympathy to her family, and to her congregations. I am praying for you and her, and for others — including a number of ministers — shaken and feeling vulnerable by her death. I trust the “better angels” to mutual care and the communion of the churches to help.

The news of her death was reported by the Unitarian Church of Norfolk (Virginia) (Unitarian Universalist), where she was the development minister for about a year. There are, to date, few details and none about any service.

Before that, she served ministries in Clinton, North Carolina and (for more than a decade) at Greenville, S.C. I knew her, or rather of her, in passing and by reputation when I lived and ministered in the South.

Be good to one another.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. My family attended the church she ministered in Clinton, NC for a while. She was a tremendous person. I don’t understand this at all.

  2. We were so fortunate to have Jenifer as an interim minister at Tree of Life in McHenry, Illinois–Formerly the Congregational Unitarian Church in Woodstock–in the year just after we moved in to our new building. In a short time she won our hearts and minds. She was a warm and radiant beacon of light and because of our mutual interests in poetry, literature, and history we became close. She touched so many lives. I am glad those of my congregation were among them.

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