Acting Director of Children’s Religious Education
Charlotte Lehmann is a 2012 graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. She recently served as a full-time Ministerial Intern at the UU Congregation of Binghamton (NY). Previously she completed a 2-year part-time internship at DuPage UU Church in Naperville, IL. Charlotte completed her Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at the University of Chicago Medical Center in 2010. She has also received a Certificate in Mediation Training from the University of Southern Maine in 2013. Charlotte is a Candidate for UU ministry; her sponsoring congregation is the First Universalist Church in Auburn, ME.
Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Charlotte, the third of four children, attended Sunday School at First Unitarian Society through sixth grade. Her older siblings were active in Liberal Religious Youth (LRY) programming; her mother taught in the R.E program and was often a chaperone for LRY activities, so the younger children also went along. Charlotte found her way back to church in 1986 as a graduate student. Since then, she has engaged in many years of congregational leadership experience encompassing all aspects of church life, from buildings and grounds to finance, from life-span faith development to worship and music, in several New England UU congregations. She is a charter member of the Aiken Unitarian Universalist Church in Aiken, South Carolina.
In addition to the M.Div., she has both a B.A. (Mt. Holyoke College) and a M.S. (UMaine) in Geological Sciences. Prior to pursuing her call to ministry, Charlotte worked primarily in academia at the high school and post-secondary levels, teaching math and geology, and managing environmental geochemical laboratories in Maine (UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences and Bates College’s Environmental Studies Program and Geology and Chemistry Depts.), South Carolina (UGA’s Savannah River Ecology Lab), and Rhode Island (URI-Graduate School of Oceanography). She also worked in industry at New England’s only cement manufacturer, Dragon Products, and for geological consulting firms on projects in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Montana and Maine. She maintains a New Hampshire professional geologist license and is a member of the Geological Society of Maine. Charlotte feels she will always be a geologist in addition to her pursuit of a career in ministry.
Charlotte’s interest in “alternative spiritualities” has taken her to Peru on pilgrimage, and to France and Scotland. She is a member of the Sundoor Master’s group, and is a Sundoor Breathwork Practioner and Certified Firewalk Instructor. She often serves on the staff for Sundoor School of Transpersonal Education (www.sundoor.com) courses; Sundoor is the premier international firewalking school. Charlotte has also received initial training as a Water Pourer (sweat lodge leader) from Eva Mack, who apprenticed with Sun Bear and others of the Bear Tribe (Chippewa).
Charlotte has described her theology as emergent, humanistic, religious naturalism; she resonates strongly with process theology and Michael Dowd’s creatheism. Charlotte’s is a strong advocate for environmental justice, reproductive justice, sexual orientation and gender equality, civil rights and anti-oppression work. She enjoys creating rituals and worship services, and experiencing religious practices from around the world. In her spare time, Charlotte engages in several spiritual practices, a number of outdoor activities, artistic and cultural interests, cooking, reading and watching movies, to name a few favored past-times.