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Wayne Arnason

Board Secretary
B.A., University of Toronto, 1972
M.Div., Harvard Divinity School, 1976
D.D., Meadville Lombard Theological School, 2014

“It is a joy to be able to sustain my long-term interest in ministerial formation by serving a school that is on the cutting edge of theological education.”

Rev. Dr. Wayne Bergthor Arnason has had a 40-year career of service in Unitarian Universalist institutions.

In 2016, Rev. Arnason retired from the settled parish co-ministry that he shared with his wife, the Rev. Kathleen Rolenz, at the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, in Rocky River, Ohio. Before coming to West Shore, Rev. Arnason served in a long-term parish ministry at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, from 1984-2000. In retirement, he returned to Charlottesville where he and Kathleen had kept a home.

Rev. Arnason’s denominational service outside the parish has regularly been focused on ministerial formation and excellence. He was Chair of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee from 2008-2015 and served a total of twelve years on the MFC in two appointments. During his tenure the MFC, he undertook a comprehensive review of the competencies and requirements for candidates for our ministry. He also served the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association on their Executive Board over two terms and served as President of the UUMA from 1993-1995. During his years of UUMA service, he has chaired the UUMA committees that reviewed and enforced the ethical and professional standards of our ministry. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley.

What is meaningful to you in your work for Meadville Lombard?

It is a joy to be able to sustain my long-term interest in ministerial formation by serving a school that is on the cutting edge of theological education. The diversity of the student body, the quality of the faculty and staff, and the shared leadership with my fellow Trustees all make my experience at Meadville Lombard among the most satisfying of my volunteer career.