The Reverend CJ
Rev. CJ McGregor was invited by the First UU Congregation of the Palm Beaches in North Palm Beach to serve as Developmental Minister in 2013. He was born and raised in the Adirondack Mountains in New York and has a home there for summer retreat. Rev. CJ has served congregations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He served as Director of Religious Education for eight years in a Massachusetts congregation. He has served as a hospice chaplain and a chaplain in a forensic unit of a Massachusetts state hospital. He's served the denomination as Commissioner of the Commission on Social Witness and has served the Journey Toward Wholeness Committee. He holds degrees in Education from Mater Dei College and Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School and is Adjunct Professor of Ministerial Formation at Meadville Lombard Theological School. He serves the Florida UU Ministers Association as Good Officer or Minister to Ministers. Prior to the ministry Rev. CJ held leadership roles in non-profit organizations in New York and Massachusetts. He now lives in North Palm Beach, Florida with his husband, Richard, whom he has been partnered for 24 years. They have two adult sons who live in New York and Massachusetts. Rev. CJ has a passion for justice work and is involved in local, congregational, and national social justice projects. Rev. CJ describes himself as a theist with strong humanist leanings. That is, he feels held by something greater and believes we can save ourselves if we are committed to love and justice. He holds the freedom of belief dear and teaches that we all have a place at the table and encourages Unitarian Universalists to walk the talk by welcoming everyone regardless of beliefs. Rev. CJ describes his ministry as pastoral meaning he receives the greatest satisfaction from being in relationship with congregants and offering care, support, and guidance.