Announcing UCM’s New Director

UCM’s Board of Directors recently conducted a search for our next director. We had a great response and interviewed several qualified candidates. We are pleased to introduce Mickey Hart as UCM’s new director. 

We were seeking a director to assist in our transition, to coordinate our Re-Envision UCM strategic planning process, to better bridge our spiritual growth and social justice missions, to expand our fund-sourcing efforts, to revitalize our internship program, to enhance our policies and procedures, to expand our website, to revamp our branding and communications, to grow our educational resources, to curate our history, and to develop future programs. We are confident Mickey has the foundation to do these things and more for UCM.  

Mickey is enterprising, thoughtful, and creative, which will be strong assets in evaluating how and what UCM offers to the community in the future. We look forward to how this will transform our building, programming, outreach, and fundraising. Mickey also has well-developed skills supervising others and serving as team leader. 

With a well-established record of compassionate servant leadership, Mickey has competencies working with college students, minority populations, rural communities, and Appalachian people. We are fortunate that Mickey has a strong knowledge of UCM, Athens, Ohio University, and Southeast Ohio communities. 

Mickey has more than 20 years of experience in higher education. He oversaw the growth and development of OU’s LGBT Center for 11 years. He elevated a ten hour a week programs coordinator position into a full-time director position and transformed the LGBT Center into a vital campus resource providing a wide range of programs, resources, and services to LGBTQA+ students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. 

Mickey has also served as a resident director for OU’s Department of Residence Life, the director of Campus Life at Antioch College, and the director of Residence Life and Housing at Columbus College of Art & Design. Additionally, Mickey leads interactive workshops on diversity and leadership related topics to college students and other audiences.

Mickey also brings a wealth of non-profit organization experience. Throughout his years in Athens, he served as a UCM board member for nine years. His service on our executive, personnel, and facilities committees gives him a strong understanding of UCM’s operations, systems, policies, and procedures. 

His non-profit experience extends beyond Athens; Mickey is a founding member of Equality Ohio and served on the board for three years. He helped to oversee the organization from a grass-roots concept to a statewide advocate for LGBTQ+ equality. Mickey capped off his time with both non-profit organizations by serving a term as chair of the board of directors.

Finally, Mickey’s passion for UCM and its mission are well established. The UCM Board of Directors feel fortunate to be able to welcome him back as director. Help us welcome Mickey. He can be reached via email at or by phone at 740.593-7301.

Greetings From Mickey

Like countless other OU students, UCM has meant a great deal to me since my undergraduate education. Those early days, as part of the Athens Peace Coalition and Open Doors, were foundational to my education. What I know about community, grassroots organizing, consensus building, spirituality, the common good, archive collecting, and community service is due in large part to UCM. I am honored to serve as UCM director.

 My time away from Athens has been professionally fulfilling, personally rewarding, and educationally insightful, but having lived in Athens most of my life I sure did miss this unique community. I visited often over the past nine years, but it’s just not the same as walking these brick streets and pathways on a daily basis. I am glad to be back.  

I understand that I am joining UCM at a critical reflection period in its history. While there are challenges and thoughtful decisions to make ahead, this campus, community, and region need a place like UCM now more than ever. I will strive daily to enhance the reach and impact of UCM. 

Updates from the UCM Board

(Sent to UCM email list on 9-22-21) We are writing to provide you updates in response to recent inquiries we’ve had as the academic year got underway. Due to the COVID pandemic, UCM became less active in the community than usual and the building was only open on a limited basis. The rise of the Delta variant continues to restrict us from opening fully, however we continue to offer carry-out versions of our free meal programs: Thursday Supper and Saturday Lunch. Later this semester, we will be hosting mission-driven spiritual growth and social justice discussion programs outside or online. Internally, the Board of Directors has been working on personnel transitions and reaching out to some of you as part of our process of re-envisioning what UCM will look like moving forward. This internal work continues and will be expanding this semester. 

We’ve also had inquiries related to concerns that two former UCM staff members raised about Lacey Rogers’s experiences while she was employed as Assistant Director and Interim Director. Due to legal and human resource policy restrictions, we cannot share specifics or share the Board’s assessment regarding the matter. We understand that this may not be a suitable response to some, however it is our reality at this time. 

Board of Directors, individually and collectively, are committed to further examining systemic racism and associated biases and attitudes in our lives, in society, and at UCM. Our goals in undertaking this work are to make UCM a better employer for all employees and a stronger social justice advocate in the future. Our first step in this thoughtful process of change is to hire a diversity and inclusion consulting group to work with us for the remainder of the academic year and longer if necessary. We anticipate this consultation will involve several trainings, book readings, discussions, assessments, and policy enhancements. We are making inquiries of who will best serve our needs in this role and we will share more details once we secure a consulting group. 

Presently, the Board of Directors is a group of six volunteers, but we hope to increase the size of the board to the past standard of 10-12 members over the next two years. As we grow the board, we will do so with a greater focus on diversity: race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, class, and faith tradition. Our focus is on the betterment of UCM, its mission, and its future. We invite you to be part of this work. If you are interested in being part of a re-envisioning listening session, ecumenical and interfaith discussions, social justice discussions, potential board membership, or volunteer opportunities, email us at

UCM is an old organization with deep community roots and a long history of spiritual growth support and social justice advocacy, yet with an ever-rotating board and staff UCM is simultaneously an organization in a state of constant learning and growth reflective of our society. With a little grace, this upcoming period in UCM’s history will be about learning, un-learning, and re-learning in regard to a host of diversity and inclusion topics—most especially race. We appreciate your patience, involvement, and on-going support.


Shannon Stewart – Chair, Barb Harrison – Vice Chair, Nancy Pierce – Treasurer, Natalie Wilson – Secretary, Chris Quolke – Member, Katherine Jellison – Member

Community Meals Continue

May 2021

United Campus Ministry continues to provide meals to the community every Thursday Evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and every Saturday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. The meals are currently being packaged “to-go” due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, as policies change federally and locally we will begin to offer outdoor socially distanced seating (weather permitting).

We are looking forward to the return of face-to-face meetings and meals. We will post changes as they occur. Thank you all for your continued support.

UCM Annual Board and Staff Retreat at the beautiful Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens! (Aug. 2015)
(First row, L-R) Anna-Kaye Rowe (social media intern), Kathryn Bublitz (Social Work intern), Kelsey Gerard (Community Service intern), Kelli Wanamaker (Community Service intern), Jackie Duffy (Social Work Inter), Melissa Wales (Executive Director), Amanda Hobson (Board Secretary), Katie Dawes (Board Member), Miranda “Lacee” McKinney (Program Intern), Anne Huddleston (Board Member), Josh Baron (Community Service Intern), Rev. Evan Young (Campus Minister), Andrew Stuart (Board Treasurer), Laura Harrison (Board Member), Sarah Jenkins (Board Member), Josh Bodnar (Board Member), Kellea Tibbs (Board Chair), David Descutner (Board Vice Chair) and Tyler Barton (Board Member)

2015 Annual Meeting

You are invited….

United Campus Ministry’s
Annual Meeting 2015

Wednesday, April 15
5:00pm – 7:00pm
ArtsWest 132 W. State Street

Meet the current Board of Directors 

including the newly elected 2015-16 Executive Officers, 

staff and interns.

Celebrate our Sustainer Circle and donors.

Panel conversation on current and future accomplishments including 

this year’s expansion of the Campus Minister position!

Refreshments provided.

We look forward to seeing you!

Campus Minister Evan Young facilitating interfaith reflection and dialogue with students after service project with Monday Creek Restoration Project in New Straitsville.

Dear Friends of UCM,

For as long as I’ve served here at UCM, I have also served other organizations–either as the part-time minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, or as an intern minister at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta. And while I’ve loved my involvement with congregational ministry, while I treasure all I’ve experienced and learned in those settings, I also have to acknowledge that this bi-vocational path I’ve been on comes with a cost I’m simply no longer willing to pay.

 It’s been a trying, demanding, challenging semester at Ohio University, a semester that’s called me to rooms and to tables and to conversations I’ve needed to be in, and where others have needed me. Many of you know about Megan Marzec, Student Senate, the “blood bucket” video, and the ensuing conversation on campus about Israel, Palestine, and justice. (For those who don’t, I wrote a blog post about it for the Interfaith Youth Core–read it at Many of you probably remember the People’s Climate March in New York City, and you might know that I went there with a busload of students UCM helped to organize. Most of you know what’s going on now about Mike Brown and Ferguson and Eric Garner and John Crawford and Tamir Rice and all the seemingly endless examples that are showing us how entrenched institutional racism continues to be, and some of you know how students on this campus are coming together to respond to that.

As a campus minister, especially one serving a progressive interfaith campus ministry like UCM, I’m called to show up and to speak out at times like these. And I have. At the same time I’m called to be there for our interns, to be there for the people who come to Thursday Supper and Saturday Lunch, to be there for students who come to us for help with their own personal challenges and crises as well as their social justice concerns. And I’m called to work with and be in relationship with university faculty, staff, and administrators as we work together to shape the future of this institution. It’s a full-time job at minimum–and, when I’m doing it the way I’m called, much more than that.

But I’m only a half-time campus minister. With another part-time ministry, with its own full slate of committee meetings, staff reports, pastoral care concerns, and administrative tasks. With its own expectations about which conferences I should attend, what organizations I should join, and how I should lead. Those expectations are legitimate and important and deserve everything I can give them. And, actually, more than I can give.

So, in this Christmas season, I have a wish. And UCM has a wish. And we’re bringing that wish to you, because you can help.

My wish is to be, for once, ONE THING. I want to be a campus minister, through and through, and I want to serve United Campus Ministry with everything I have to give. Over the nine years I’ve been here, it’s become absolutely clear to me that this is what I’m for, this is where I’m meant to be, doing this. So when my intern ministry ends on June 1, 2015, my wish is to be UCM’s full-time campus minister.

UCM’s wish, in this challenging and demanding time, is to be even more the campus ministry Ohio University needs. To continue to be at the forefront of work for social justice, but to have an even louder voice, an even greater impact, to change even more students through our interfaith bridge-building and community service work. And this semester more than ever, it’s become absolutely clear that a key piece of our being more is, well, having more–more time, more presence, more service–of our campus minister.

Which brings us to you. Because embracing this larger vision of UCM is a leap of faith we need you to take with us. I’ve been blessed to be able to do this work because you’ve believed in the mission and ministry of UCM. Now, when I’m about to be able to commit even more to this work, and when UCM is committed to being and becoming more the ministry that’s needed here, we need more–more of you (meaning more donors), and more from you (meaning more financial support from each of you).

You have it in your power to grant these wishes. You received this letter because you believe in what UCM does. So think about how much you’d believe in UCM doing more—and give accordingly. And then, share this letter, and your own stories and wishes about UCM, with someone you know who doesn’t know about us. Help them to connect with us and with our work, and give them the opportunity to join us on this leap of faith.  And remember—UCM is a registered 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. Your contributions are tax-deductible and will do more than simply finance operating, facilities, and programming expenses. They’ll help make our wishes come true.

 With warm Season’s Greetings from the whole UCM family, and with all best wishes for the New Year–

Rev. Evan Young, Campus Minister


$25 – $100 (sliding scale donation) $15 (student/low income)

The UCM Benefit Auction is generously sponsored by the following businesses and individuals: The Athens Real Estate Company, Carpenter & Associates, Cetide, Jeffrey D. Chaddock, Judith Daso, The Farmacy, Mara Giglio, Rev. Jan Griesinger, Laura Harrison and Christy Zempter, Hocking Valley Bank, David LaPalombara & Robin Webb, Mac’s Thrifty Shop, Vicki Marshall, Dick & Judy McGinn, Frank & Lorraine Myers, MS. Accounting & Taxes, Inc., Peggy Pruitt, Rich Gardens Organic Farm, Carole Schloss, Snider, Full and Stroh, Sarah Webb & Chad Burkett, Wendy Porter Financial Services and Zoe Fine Dining. You can add your name to this impressive list!

Who’s Who of Thursday Supper! Gerry Edition

This week we interviewed Gary, Frances’ husband.

1.  What’s your name?
“Gerry Lee”

2.  Where are you from?
“Athens, Ohio.”
3.  What is your favorite food?

4.  Where is you favorite place in Athens?

5.  What do you like the most about Thursday Supper/
“Friends and good food.”

6.  What is an interesting fact about you that most people might not know?   
“Eight heart attacks… still alive. Quit smoking.”