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UUC of Manchester picks McLaughlin

May 08. 2013 10:56PM

MANCHESTER - Dr. Curtis Smith, president of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester, said that on May 5, the congregation selected its new minister.

By a large majority, the assembled congregation called Patrick McLaughlin to be its ''settled minister."

McLaughlin will begin his pastorate on Aug. 1, becoming the 65th minister to serve the church.

McLaughlin earned his master of divinity degree at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago.

He will be awarded his degree on May 20. He will be ordained by his home congregation, the Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Vista, Calif.., on May 27.

He served as intern minister at the Orange Coast UU Church in Costa Mesa, Calif., where he earned an excellent recommendation from his supervising minister.

He has many years of lay leadership experience, and broad experience in religious education, chaplaincy, church administration, and preaching.

The ministry will be his third career.

McLaughlin is a life-long Unitarian Universalist. He grew up in Colorado, Nebraska, California, Australia and Belgium.

His wife, Barbara, and two sons, Connor, 20, and Brendan, 18, will move with him to New Hampshire in the summer.

UUCM has served Manchester and the surrounding towns and cities of the Central Merrimack River Valley since 1825.

At that time, it was called the Universalist Society of Bedford and Goffstown.

The society changed its name to the First Universalist Society of Manchester in 1839 when it moved across the river to the center of Manchester, and built a church at 50 Lowell St.

In 1913-14, the society sold the building on Lowell Street and built a new one at 669 Union St.

In 1965, it merged with the First Unitarian Society of Manchester to form the Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester.

Join the congregation of UUCM in welcoming the McLaughlin family to Manchester. Services are held Sunday mornings at 10 AM.

For more information, call 625-6854, go to, or, write, or visit 669 Union St., Manchester.

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