Senior Minister

Mount Vernon Unitarian Church welcomes Reverend Ian White Maher, an experienced and dynamic Unitarian Universalist minister with 17 years of experience. Rev. Ian was called to MVUC with a 97% Congregational vote on May 7, 2023 and began his ministry at MVUC on August 1, 2023.

From MVUC’s Settled Ministerial Search Committee: Once described as a “rock star” of our faith by a senior UU minister to the Search Committee and a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, Rev. Ian holds degrees from McGill University (B.A.) and Harvard Divinity School (Masters of Divinity). He planted a church in Brooklyn, NY, Original Blessing, has served congregations in Queens, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and mostly recently served for two years as the Interim Minister in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Rev. Ian spent six years in a Buddhist monastery focusing on his spiritual formation, and has been deeply involved with the Shalem Institute, leading contemplative prayer and retreats. He also has published essays on topics such as racial justice, white privilege, and the role of the Unitarian Universalist faith in healing the world.

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