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Rev. Clyde Grubbs

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Member of the Board of Trustees

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Publications and Podcasts - First Universalist Society of Salem, 1 Aug 2014 [cached]
The First Universalist Society Board of Trustees and the Ministerial Search Committee are very happy to announce that we will be welcoming our new minister team this fall, Rev. Clyde Grubbs and Rev. Michelle Walsh.
Clyde and Michelle are a married couple with complementary strengths who are looking forward to doing a co-ministry together.
Clyde has enjoyed a long career as a parish minister in many churches in the United States and Canada. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the UUA. His spirituality is very influenced by his Cherokee heritage and his work in social justice. He is widely respected as a teacher, preacher, story-teller and mentor to emerging leaders.
One of Clyde and Michelle's references said he thought that having the two of them as co-ministers is "inspired.
We will be working with Clyde and Michelle to craft a worship calendar that will challenge, inspire, and provoke.
Clyde and Michelle will lead two services each month and plan to attend at least one additional service.
Clyde and Michelle will also provide pastoral care.
The Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, 23 Aug 2007 [cached]
Clyde Grubbs, ('08)
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Pacific Southwest District - UUA - society, 29 Sept 2010 [cached]
First Visit - First Universalist Society of Salem, 10 Jan 2011 [cached]
A word on Clyde and Michelle as the ministers: We are a married couple who have chosen to do consulting ministry together.
Rev. Clyde Grubbs is a Unitarian Universalist minister who has served congregations in Indiana, Quebec, Massachusetts, Texas, Florida, and California for the past eighteen years. Clyde has been a member of the Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM) for eleven years and served as one of its co-presidents in the past. DRUUMM is the People of Color organization of Unitarian Universalists. He has served on the Unitarian Universalist Minister's Association Executive as its portfolio holder for Anti-racism, Anti-oppression and Multiculturalism and also has worked for peace, justice, and equality since he was in the Unitarian Universalist youth movement, Liberal Religious Youth. He is entering his third year as an at-large member of the UUA Board of Trustees. Before entering the ministry, Clyde worked as a community and labor organizer.
Clyde honors his Native American heritage (Texas Cherokee), which informs his spiritual understanding and practice and his anti-racist and anti-oppressive commitment. He has been involved in the New Sanctuary Movement in Southern California and Massachusetts and has contributed to organizing coalitions in support of indigenous migrant workers in Florida, California, and Arizona, including for our most recent Justice General Assembly in Arizona.
Clyde and Michelle are very excited to welcome you as the co-ministers for the First Universalist Society in Salem!
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Meet a trustee: Clyde Grubbs
In 1961, Clyde Grubbs attended the first assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association as a member of Liberal Religious Youth.
Fifty years later, as the UUA marked its 50th anniversary, the General Assembly elected the Rev. Clyde Grubbs as a member of its Board of Trustees.
He brings to the position a range of perspectives. Grubbs, a lifelong UU, is a former parish minister who now serves in community ministry. He is also a Cherokee and serves as co-president of DRUUMM (Diverse and Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries), a UU organization for people of color.
Grubbs has a particular interest in governance issues. "Governance is the way we create goals together and hold ourselves responsible for those goals," said Grubbs. "I can contribute to that because I have pretty deep ties with important sections of the UUA-the people of color community, the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association and a lot of ministers, and I've served congregations in several parts of the country."
He has ministered to congregations in Indiana, Texas, Florida, and California, in addition to Québec, Canada. Grubbs lives near Boston now, in Revere, Mass., but he believes his experience serving congregations around the country helps him bring to the board a sensitivity for the needs of congregations in very different places.
Grubbs was not actively seeking a seat on the Board of Trustees. Instead, he was helping to recruit board members, asking UUA volunteers if they would consider serving on the board. People repeatedly told him that he should consider taking a seat on the board himself. Grubbs heard the suggestions often enough that he did finally put his own name in for consideration.
Prior to being elected to the board, Grubbs served on the General Assembly 2012 Accountability Group, which is charged with ensuring the participation of historically marginalized groups in the UUA's 2012 Justice GA in Phoenix, Ariz. (Since joining the board, he stepped down from the committee and a new member of DRUUMM replaced him.) As a Cherokee, he has long thought about immigration issues. "I've talked about immigration from the point of view of Native Americans," he said.
Until he was 10, Grubbs grew up in a Cherokee community in Texas. He notes that there are whole nations on both sides of the U.S. borders with both Canada and Mexico. "There are not many Native Americans in Canada and the U.S. that don't understand the concept that the borders have been imposed on us," he said. "Many of the people coming across the border from Mexico are indigenous people to America. They didn't cross the border. The border crossed them."
Ministry was a second career for Grubbs, though he had briefly enrolled in seminary in his early 20s after he graduated from San Francisco State University. "I was probably too young for the ministry, but I didn't know it at the time," Grubbs said. After a short stint at the Crane Theological School at Tufts University in the 1960s, Grubbs went to work in the antiwar movement, organizing campus protests against the Vietnam War. He recalls having difficulty communicating with adults at the time. "I wasn't patient with the older generation. They were supporting the war and saying we had to go slow in race relations," he recalled.
After the war, Grubbs continued his organizing work, in antiracism, the labor movement, Chilean solidarity, and with the Boston Indian movement. He also became a college history teacher, and he joined the Arlington Street Church in Boston, where a series of conversations with the then-new minister, the Rev. Kim Crawford Harvie, put him back on a path to theological school.
"There was a broad contention at Arlington Street and within the social justice movement in the '70s toward the idea of building beloved community, and that was something I felt I was good at," said Grubbs. "I may not have stopped any wars, and people are still divided racially, but the individuals involved have better self-esteem and have become empowered through the work."
Grubbs enrolled in Andover Newton Theological School, and graduated in 1994. He began his parish ministry work, and he married the Rev. Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley. Bowens-Wheatley worked for both the UUA and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, and she and Grubbs were co-ministers at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, Tex. Bowens-Wheatley died in 2006. "Marjorie is an important part of my story," said Grubbs. "Many people who know my name would associate me with her."
Now in his late 60s, Grubbs remarried in 2011. His wife, the Rev. Michelle Walsh, is a community minister in Boston. He feels a sense of surprise that people now seem to consider him an elder. He takes seriously his role in mentoring young people and young ministers. "I have a multi-generational view," Grubbs said, noting that he prays each morning to his ancestors from previous generations.
To his work with the board, Grubbs carries a strong interest in keeping the board in good relationship with the UUA's member congregations. He will work on the board's Governance Working Group and on the Investment and Socially Responsible Investing committees.
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