It is with great joy that we announce that our Board of Trustees has invited the Reverend Dr. Debra W. Haffner to be our Interim Minister for the next two years – and she has said “Yes.”

Our UUFH Interim Search Team has been in discussions with Rev. Debra for the last several weeks and recommended to our Board of Trustees that we hire her as our Interim Minister. Many thanks to our interim search team including Ken Buley-Neumar, Gerard Neber, Terry Donaldson, Bob Bader, Liza Burby, and Michael Goldsmith for their diligence and commitment to this process and to this wonderful end.

 We welcome Rev. Debra as a strong leader with excellent Sunday worship skills, broad experience in the running of organizations and a great love for our community. Rev. Debra will complete her part-time transitions ministry with us at the end of June and will become our interim minister on August 1st . She intends to relocate to Long Island fulltime by September 1st .

Our membership has come together over the months Rev. Debra has been with us as the Transition Minister, and we have shared overwhelmingly positive responses to her ministry. We can look forward to our hearts and spirits being nourished while our minds and hands are kept busy with the work of re-building and re-imagining our community, in preparation for our next settled minister.

We are very excited to embark on this next phase of our journey together!  Please join us in welcoming Rev. Debra to UUFH in her new role. You can send her a welcome note to

Please click on the link below to view Rev. Debra’s message as she accepts this position with UUFH:

Warmest Regards,

On behalf of our BOT, Terry Donaldson, President