Meet the Transitions Team
Judith Bauer has been a member of All Souls Church, Unitarian since April 1994. Her first involvement in building community at ASC was as a member of the three-person team that initiated a Telephone Tree to maintain contact with Members. She then chaired the Membership Committee, served on the Board of Trustees, the Nominating Committee, the Capital Assets Planning Team and the Committee on Ministry. For almost a year she was Interim Church Administrator. She represented All Souls as a member of the citywide StrategyTeam for WIN. Her particular joys over the years have been: ushering, being a Worship Associate, helping with Silver Souls events, being part of KUUMBA Players, staying involved in the Heiwa Peace Project and leading worship for the children in RE. In the Joseph Priestley District Judith was part of the team of facilitators that served area UU churches. Currently, in addition to being a part of the Transition Team, Judith is a member of Black Souls, enjoys participating in Central East Region BIPOC meetings, is once again a member of DRUUMM, Zooms on Sunday nights with Front Range BIPOC UUs based in Colorado and is sustained by All Souls gatherings on Sundays and Wednesdays. Spiritual practice: reading lots of poetry, dancing from the soul out, trying to do better with meditation.
I have been a member of All Souls for nearly a decade, and has served on the Committee on Ministry and young souls….when I was young(er). Raised catholic, I welcome having a spiritual environment that is open, welcoming, challenging, and supports the responsible pursuit of truth and knowledge. I am also strongly influenced by spiritual teachings of compassion, Buddhism, and nature.
Professionally, I have served in public sector management roles in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties leading their environment departments, respectively. I have worked at other levels of government, taking an activist and justice perspective to my roles. Earlier in my career I worked on human rights and criminal justice issues for nonprofit organizations.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, and listening to and playing music
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As a member of All Souls since 2011 I am happy to be serving on the Transition Team during Kathleen’s interim ministry. I am a lawyer by training and served as the general counsel for Smith College in Northampton MA before moving to DC in 2010 to serve in the US Department of Education. My husband and I came to all Souls upon moving here and have found our community. I have sung with the choir, been in two different covenant groups, participated in the getting-to-know-you dinners, went on the Assisi Pilgrimage, served on the Committee on Ministry, helped with the Leadership Development Course, and served on the Board of Trustees. I became an executive coach after leaving the government and I am committed to making the world a better place one leader at a time. I think my early religious life with parents who were always very involved in our church set me up for life in the context of a church community. I hope over the next two years as we discern our future as a congregation that I can help us live into our commitment to each other and to help Kathleen with the work of guiding us along the way.