Rev. Linda Thomson

Linda ThomsonCongregational Development
(Lead for Central & Eastern Region)

A Unitarian since 1983, Rev. Linda has a profound love and appreciation for our faith and its potential. She says, “Even though I know, firsthand, that congregational life has challenges, I believe that it can support and affirm people so that they are better able to live lives of meaning. We have much to offer our larger communities. Supporting ministers and lay leaders in their work fostering health and vitality in congregations is work that I believe in.”

She has worked with the Canadian Unitarian Council since 2002. Her past work includes serving as Canadian Consultant to the Canadian congregations of the St. Lawrence District of the UUA, and as Supervisor of Aquatics for the City of Burlington, Ontario, Parks and Recreation Department. Additionally, Linda has been an Organizational Development Consultant and a Part-time Instructor at Mohawk College in Hamilton. Linda has served on the Provincial Board of the Life Saving Society of Canada, and has chaired and served on many committees of that society.

Ordained in 2013, Linda completed her MDiv at Meadville-Lombard Theological School in Chicago.  Linda’s studies have also included an Internship at the Amherst Unitarian Church (near Buffalo) and at the CUC.  Additionally, she completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Centre in Hamilton, working primarily in one of the hospital’s Acute Mental Health Units.

Linda says, “Growing up I never thought I’d be a minister. I never thought it was an option for women, and once I became a teen, and drifted from the church of my childhood, it seemed ‘unlikely’. I thought teaching would be my career, but as has been said, ‘Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans’.”

About her theology, Linda says, “My personal theology can best be described as Religious Naturalism.  I am less concerned about the existence or description of a divine being than with understanding the religious and spiritual attributes of all of the universe and nature and the ways in which we are in relationship with it. Religious naturalism also attempts to make the connection between the the scientific examination of reality with our subjective personal experiences. It helps foster a strong eco-spirituality.

Outside of church (there is a life outside of church) my interests and activities include: camping, gardening, downhill skiing, history, amateur naturalism, reading, music (I am a very novice mandolin player), swimming, cooking and general people watching. She is married to her long-time spouse, Gary. They have two adult daughters.

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