Rev. Craig has served UUSO as its minister since August of 2009. He is responsible for all worship and rites of passage at UUSO, provides pastoral care, supervises staff, represents our faith in the wider community, and tends to the spiritual well-being of the congregation. Craig believes the divine is found in our connections to each other and to the wider world. His ministry is one of seeking, connecting, questioning, loving, and laughing. Rev. Craig is normally in his office and available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, but his hours change regularly to accommodate meetings and events, so it is best to contact him for an appointment.
Rev. Craig Schwalenberg was called to serve the Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta as their minister by a vote of the congregation on May 17, 2009. Originally from Madison, WI, Craig graduated from the university there and spent 10 years working for Union Cab, a worker-owned, worker-operated transportation cooperative. It was there that Craig developed a passion for cooperative principles AND discovered Unitarian Universalism. He joined the First Unitarian Society of Madison. He and Cheryl DeDecker were married in that sanctuary. Inspired by the warm, welcoming, engaging people at FUS Madison, Craig decided to pursue the call to ministry. He attended and received his MDiv degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School in the Chicago area. Craig was a Ministerial Intern at the UU Society of Geneva, IL; a Student Minister at the Lake Country UU Church in Hartland, WI; and an Assistant Minister at the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, WI. Rev. Craig is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association and serves the St. Lawrence District as a Ministerial Settlement Representative. He is a member of the UU Trauma Response Ministry Team and currently serves as President of their Board. Locally, Rev. Craig has served on the Board of Family Planning of South Central New York and on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee of Hartwick College. Rev. Craig and Cheryl felt welcomed the first time they visited Oneonta and feel blessed to call this area and this community their home. Rev. Craig is a collector of hats, a connoisseur of root beer, and a fan of super heroes. He loves to play games and is an avid geocacher. One of his favorite spiritual practices is walking in the woods with his dog, Spirit. (If you want to join them, just ask–-company is always welcome.)