The Reverend Michael F. Hall has been the settled minister at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church since the summer of 2012. From the outset, Rev. Michael (or just plain Michael, if you’d rather) has sought to build a “Multigenerational Culture,” by creating an atmosphere where each generation is equally engaged, included and reverenced for its unique and timeless contributions to our unified community.
Among his most treasured memories of congregational life in Keene are the beautiful, poignant community vigil in 2016 to honor the memory of the 49 lives lost in the horrible violence at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida; the joy-filled service the church put on when he was installed as its 23rd settled minister on St. Patrick’s Day 2013—what a celebration, complete a jazz combo and chocolate fountain; and the annual process he shares with lay-leaders in creating the innovative, whole-church experience known at KUUC as “Month of Sundays.” During his time in Keene, Rev. Hall has also served as chair of the Keene Interfaith Clergy, the United Campus Ministry to Keene State College and was a member of the City of Keene’s Martin Luther King/Jonathan Daniels Committee (now the Human Rights Committee). Michael was honored to participate in the presentation, “Learn, Love, Act: The Morals of the Minimum Wage” at the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly in Providence, RI in 2014.
Rev. Michael took his first sabbatical in 2018 which he spent studying historical Universalism in the Monadnock Region. His sabbatical also emphasized contemplative practices and building a model for spirituality centered in the captivating, restorative powers of Nature. He went on to deepen his own contemplative practice as part of the first class of the Genesis School for Contemplative Living in Westfield, Massachusetts. Rev. Hall looks forward to his second sabbatical which will take place in the spring of 2023
Michael is a native of the Bay State. His first career was in “living history” at a well-known museum in Plymouth, MA, where he portrayed many of the so-called “Pilgrims,” and trained newcomers in the art and craft of historical “interpretation”. He also spent several years as a Case Manager on the Dual Diagnosis Unit of detox where, among other duties, he developed spirituality-based group therapy sessions. He lives in Keene with his wife Jill and two of their children.
SHARING MINISTRY: November 2022
“Be grateful in your own hearts. That suffices. Thanksgiving has wings, and flies to its right destination.”
I’ll be short and sweet. Thank you! Thanks to every one of you who sent me cards and emails, wishing me every success in my treatment and recovery from this cancer. It means so much. You will never know how much (I hope), all these kind words of advice and encouragement have meant. Sometimes how strong you have said that I am has reminded me that I have any strength at all.
Thank you as well, those who have offered prayers, lit candles, send positive energy and “good ju-ju” to me. I am especially grateful to those for whom I may not be their cup of tea—yet they were clear that they’d prefer I get to steep a little longer nonetheless.
I talked about this diagnosis in the first place because I didn’t want to hide from it or hide it from you. I mentioned it because I think church is a place where we should be able to talk about things that matter (if we wish). I did it because I try to be honest and because I don’t want to be afraid. I want to walk through all of it, knowing many good people (and providers) have my back. I want to stay thankful for many more years to come.
Yours in Faithful Service,
Rev. Michael’s Schedule & Office Hours:
OFF DAY: Saturday WRITING DAY: Fridays
STUDY & PLANNING DAY: Mondays
(I am not always at the office during study and planning time, so call for an appointment if you need to meet on a Monday).
VACATION: As my plan for the week of August 21st -27th didn’t work out I will be rescheduling them over the coming months
OFFICE HOURS: Thursdays 9AM-1 PM & by appointment. Though I am in the office at some point most days.
VISITATION: Thursdays 1-5 PM and on other days as time allows or need arises.[Call me at (508)821-6092 to schedule a meeting, visit or office appointment]