Reverend Nicoline Guerrier, Interim Minister
Nicoline Guerrier will serve the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg as Interim Minister, through July 2017. She succeeds the Reverend Millie Rochester, who retired in the summer of 2015. Nicoline is an enthusiastic and life-long Unitarian Universalist who is proud to serve our historic congregation.
She is passionate about our faith movement’s deeply inclusive commitment to honour the spiritual paths of each and every person. At the same time, she believes deeply that community is the container that helps us to become our best, most loving selves while on the life-long search for connection, meaning, life purpose and justice.
Nicoline holds degrees from Meadville Lombard Theological School (M.Div), McGill University (B.S.W), and Princeton University (A.B., summa cum laude), and studied Clinical Pastoral Education at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Prior to becoming an ordained minister, she had a 25-year career as a social worker, in areas as diverse as helping survivors heal from sexual assault, school social work, and palliative care. She credits these important years with having deepened her awe at the power of human resilience, solidarity, and creativity.
Before her arrival in Winnipeg, Nicoline served as Intern Minister at Neighbourhood UU Congregation in Toronto, received Preliminary Fellowship in 2014, and was ordained by the Unitarian Church of Montreal in the spring of 2015. She also worked as Service Consultant for the Canadian Unitarian Council, as Lay Chaplain celebrating rites of passage in both French and English, and led worship and lay chaplaincy workshops for Unitarian Universalists in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario. While in Manitoba, she hopes to learn about some of this province’s wilderness areas, as she seeks for ways to live more lightly on our planet. She is the parent of two college-aged children, Noam and Oriana.
As Interim Minister, Nicoline will support us as we search for a new settled minister. To this end, she brings her deep respect for the special nature of “transition” in the lives of people and organizations, enthusiasm for the challenge of creating religious community in the 21st century, and an enduring commitment to making our movement ever more welcoming to people from a diversity of ages, backgrounds, abilities, and identities. She looks forward to walking the path of shared ministry with us, as we celebrate 125 years at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg!-
Contact Rev. Nicoline by email or at (204) 474-1261.