The Reverend Laurie Bushbaum to Join TRUU in November, 2019


The Rev. Laurie Bushbaum is an avid bicyclist. This photo was taken for a UU World article about UU clergy who use long-distance cycling for fundraising purposes. Rev. Bushbaum says, “Just after this photo was taken I did a 100 mile (Century) ride around Lake Tahoe as a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I carried on my jersey the names of all my congregation members who had passed away from cancer.”

(Carbondale, CO, 10/14/19)  — The TRUU Board of Trustees and the Search Committee are thrilled to announce that the Rev. Laurie Bushbaum has agreed to serve as three-quarter-time contract minister for TRUU. Her term will begin November 1, 2019 and run through the standard church year ending on June 30, 2020.

The Rev. Bushbaum has served as a Unitarian-Universalist minister in both settled and interim positions for more than 30 years, mostly in and around the upper Midwest near her home in Minneapolis, MN.

She was considering retirement, but then heard that a friendly congregation in the Colorado mountains was still in search of a minister. Rev. Bushbaum then contacted TRUU’s Search Committee in late summer.

Rev. Bushbaum is a talented preacher, a committed social justice activist (with special interests in environment justice and racial justice), and she is a beloved and enthusiastic participant in religious exploration programs of all ages. Rev. Bushbaum is also an avid outdoor enthusiast and an accomplished fabric artist.

TRUU and Rev. Bushbaum exchanged informational packets, emails, contacted a list of references and brought Laurie and her husband, Michael, to Carbondale for a visit in early October. All of October meetings led to a mutual appreciation — by the Board, the Search Committee and the Worship Committee, and by Rev. Bushbaum and her husband — that this is as good a match between minister and congregation as could be found. Laurie and Michael will be arriving in Carbondale in mid-November, taking up residence in the parsonage and settling into the community.

Rev. Bushbaum’s  first appearance in our pulpit will be on November 17. The congregation will have a welcoming potluck lunch the following weekend, Nov. 24, after the music service.

This will be the first time TRUU has had a minister in residence who has extensive experience in a variety of settings. We could not be more pleased with the opportunity and promise it holds for this church year and for our future.



TRUU Board of Trustees

Dorothea Farris, Chris Coyle, Nancy Barbee, Larry Bogatz, Emily VanGerpen, Rob Benedetti


TRUU Search Committee

Thelma Zabel, Sue Coyle, Bill Spence, David Cook, Peter Westcott, Rob Benedetti