Who We Are
The mission of UCM is to engage the Ohio University and Athens communities in spiritual growth, work for social justice, and community service guided by socially progressive and interfaith values.
What We Do
We're a non-profit organization that was born out of the Ecumenical movement and progressive social action. Our ministry offers a variety of programming, events, and opportunities for spiritual growth, community service, and social justice. Our programs are free and open to everyone, regardless of who you are, what you believe (or don't), or where you come from. Radical hospitality...we mean it!
Since its incorporation in 1968, UCM has played a role in the start-up of many local organizations, including:
- Appalachian Peace and Justice Network
- Central American Solidarity Committee
- Child Assault Prevention Program
- Gay Activist Alliance (later GALA and Open Doors)
- My Sister's Place
- River Valley Community School
- Southeastern Ohio Foodbank
- Thursday Supper
- Women's Studies Program (now Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies) at Ohio University
UCM can't do this alone and is indebted to many, including our many individuals and Sustaining donors. YOU can become one today through our PayPal account or mail your tax-deductible donation to UCM, 18 N. College Street, Athens, OH 45701.
About Our Staff
The Rev. Evan Young, Executive Director/Campus Minister
Evan has been with UCM since 2005. He graduated from Methodist Theological Seminary in Delaware, Ohio, and served part-time as the pastor at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens until June 2013. He assumed the Executive Director role in 2017 and oversees operations, staff, development, programs, and outreach as well as providing pastoral care and counseling, facilitating Interfaith Impact and Better Together, and mentoring student interns. He served as Interim President of the National Campus Ministry Association for 2016-17, and is now president-elect of that association. He is also president of the University Interfaith Association.
Jennifer Kelly, Office Manager
Jennifer has been with UCM since 2000. She has a Master's degree in Fine Arts from Ohio University and manages billing and facilities and assists with outreach and fundraising.