Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Ministerial Intern Scottie McIntyre Johnson


In August 2012 we will welcome Scottie McIntyre Johnson as full-time intern to Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship! Scottie will be with us for nine months as she meets the learning goals she will establish with help from Perkins School of Theology faculty and Rev. Pam. Scottie comes to us with tremendous skill and leadership experience and we look forward to welcoming her in the fall. In the meantime, her background is included here.

Scottie discovered Unitarian Universalism when she was an undergraduate in college taking an early American literature course. Upon reading William Ellery Channing’s 1819 sermon, “Unitarian Christianity,” in which he says that Christ was divine in the same way all humans are divine, Scottie had a “eureka!” moment in which she said, “This is what I believe, too!” She looked into this religion called Unitarianism, which she had never heard of before, and soon signed the membership book of First Unitarian Church of Austin, Texas. That was in1968.

Scottie is currently a member of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas, where she has served as a Worship Associate and as a teacher in the adult religious education program. She was also a founding member of Red River UU Church in Denison, Texas.

Scottie has been an active lay leader at both the congregational and district levels for the past fifteen years, serving on the Southwestern UU Conference Board of Trustees and on the staff of our UU District’s adult leadership school, the Dwight Brown Leadership Experience, for nine years, serving as its Dean for seven of those years. This summer she will once again be acting as DBLE Dean.

She has also been on the staff and presented workshops and worship at SWUUSI (Southwestern UU Summer Institute), at Southwest UU Women’s conferences, at the first International Convocation of UU Women held in Houston in 2009 and at many other district and congregational events. She has served as chaplain for our District’s middle school camp at U-bar-U and for two district Winter Conferences.  In 2004 she was awarded the Alfred von Stille Award for outstanding contributions by a lay leader in promoting the growth of Unitarian Universalism in the Southwestern UU Conference.

In 2006, Scottie retired from a 21-year-long career as a Montessori teacher and head of school to enter seminary to prepare for the ordained Unitarian Universalist ministry. She has been a student at Perkins School of Theology (SMU) for the past six years, attending part-time and commuting to the Dallas campus from her home in Sherman, TX. At Perkins, Scottie has been active as a member of Seminary Singers, ARC (which stands for Affirming Religious Community and is the Perkins organization for LGBTQ students and their Allies), as a student representative to the faculty Committee on Academic Programs, and on the editorial board of the Perkins Student Journal. In 2011, one of her sermons was selected for publication in the PSJ. Scottie was a very active member of the Perkins Worship Committee during her time at Perkins, planning and serving as liturgist for a number of Perkins Chapel services. In 2011, she was asked to preach in Perkins Chapel – an honor not accorded many students – and in May of 2011, she was awarded the prestigious Jane C. Marshall Award for Excellence in the Scholarship and Practice of Worship.

Scottie has appeared before the Regional Sub-committee on Candidacy and has been certified as a Candidate for the Unitarian Universalist ministry. Her 9-month-long full-time internship with DUUF next year will fulfill both UUA requirements toward ministerial fellowship and the final requirements for the Master of Divinity degree from Perkins.

Scottie and her husband, Jim, have lived in Sherman, Texas, for 34 years, where Jim is a Professor of Classical Languages at Austin College. They have two sons who are both grown and married and one beautiful grandchild, Alice Rosalie Johnson, who will be one year old on July 2.

Scottie first preached at DUUF back in 2002 and has filled our pulpit several times since then. She has long had a special place in her heart for this congregation, and she could not be more thrilled to be doing her internship here!