About Us

BridgesUU was the brainchild of hopes that Rev Gordon Clay Bailey and Pastor AJ Blackwood back in 2017. The hope was to be able to bring small churches together to share resources in support of developing thriving UU communities and ministries.

In 2021, we came together with a new vision as we came out of the COVID-19 lockdown. Paul and Susan Ermisch entered the conversation and we began laying the foundation for what is now BridgesUU. Paul with his passion for music, and Susan with her passion for small community and commitment to LifeSpan Learning, assisted with inspiring other religious professionals to come together to form this new ministry.

In 2022, we planned, organized, and created a formula for BridgesUU to be a sustainable ministry.

In 2023,

  • Denard Blackwood began developing our first children’s and youth curriculum
  • Rev Angela Henderson and Rev Gordon Clay Bailey began developing a congregational and BIPoC UU Spiritual Care program.
  • We hired our first staff member
  • We entered into a covenantal relationship with SepulvedaUU in Southern California, offering administrative, creative arts, and justice ministry support
  • Lisa Bailey took on the role of Coordinator for Progressive Interfaith Alliance.

Today, BridgesUU has brought together The MountainTop UUUU’s for Racial Justice, and Progressive Interfaith Alliance under the BridgesUU umbrella, as well as a Covenant Group small ministry in Aurora, Colorado.

We are looking forward to a future filled with success in supporting our small UU congregations to grow, thrive and achieve all their goals in the new year and years to come.