Carol Cumming Speirs

Carol Cumming SpearsUnitarian Universalism for Carol has been a lifelong project. She is the third generation of her family to be involved in the Unitarian Church of Montreal (UCM).

In the past ten years, she twice served on the Board of Management of the UCM, chaired the Communications Committee, the Music Ministry Collective, and assumed responsibility for CUC Liaison. She served on the Task Force to reorganize the UCM governing structure, on the Ministerial Search Committee to appoint the present minister, Diane Rollert, and on the Committee on Ministry during Ray Drennan’s tenure. Her CUC activities involve attending many CUC Annual Meetings, often as the delegate. She was a member of the CUC Active Democracy Study Group (ADSG).

In her working life, she was a part-time member of the faculty of McGill University School of Social Work and a Marriage and Family Therapist.  She served on many university-wide committees and chaired the Joint Administration-Faculty Association Non-Tenure Track Committee, tasked with making recommendations to its senate on job security for this sector of the Academy. She also served as the University Ombudsman for students for a five- year term from 1998 to 2003. In 2004, she taught in the Social Work and Islamic Studies Graduate Program at the State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Since retirement in 2008, she has travelled extensively—twice to India with Mindful Journeys organized by Beverly Carr and Reverend Wayne Walder of Toronto’s Neighbourhood Congregation. She serves in a lay capacity on the McGill Medical School Admissions Committee.

Newly elected to the CUC Board of Trustees, she hopes to build on the work of those who went before, and to help keep it vital and relevant.