The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee announced May 16 that it has chosen the Rev. Mary Katherine Morn as its new president and chief executive officer. Morn has been serving as the Unitarian Universalist Association’s director of Stewardship and Development and special advisor to the president since 2014.
Morn will leave her position at the UUA on June 8 and will officially take her new role on June 13. Before becoming the UUA’s chief fundraiser, Morn served as a parish minister in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
In the UUSC announcement, Morn says, “This is a great honor and great privilege, and a challenge I relish at a time when human rights, human dignity, and human lives are at risk around the world. We have much to accomplish at UUSC, in cooperation with our grassroots partners, and I am confident we will continue to advance the social justice causes that are so critical to our values.”
In announcing Morn’s departure, a UUA statement quoted UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray: “Mary Katherine has been an incredible asset to our Stewardship and Development work, creating a high-impact fundraising team and providing steady, pastoral leadership through the transitions last year. Though she will be greatly missed, including by me personally, I look forward to collaborating with her in new ways at the UUSC on behalf of our shared faith.”
The UUSC is an independent human rights organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that partners with humanitarian and advocacy groups around the world. Its shared projects with the UUA include the UU College of Social Justice, an experiential learning travel program, and Love Resists, a campaign of solidarity for people affected by criminalization policies. The UUA and UUSC are both participating in a collaborative fundraising campaign with other UU organizations called Wake Now Our Vision.
Tom Andrews stepped down as president and CEO of the UUSC in November 2017, just over a year after he was hired, to start a human rights group focused on the plight of the Rohingya people in Burma. The Rev. Dr. William F. Schulz led the UUSC from 2010 to 2016.
Morn is the second woman to serve as head of the UUSC. Valora Washington served as president and CEO from 1999 to 2003.