The Reverend Henry A. Schoenfield began as the Interim Senior Minister on November 1, 2020. Pastor Henry is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, though he has lived in many places both growing up and as an adult.
He comes from a religiously and culturally diverse family — Cherokee on his mother’s side and German/Jewish and English on his father’s side. Pastor Henry grew up in the Episcopal Church and was formed for ministry in the Roman Catholic Church — having been ordained in 2001. He is a spiritual seeker and comfortable in the stream of Wisdom that flows through many religious and spiritual traditions. In addition to his spiritual roots in Christian mysticism, he has also studied and practiced Vipassana meditation in the Theravada tradition of Buddhism.
Pastor Henry was welcomed as a minister with full standing in the UCC in 2011 while living in New York City and attending Judson Memorial Church. His experience in ministry has included parish work, hospital and hospice chaplaincy, clinical education of chaplain students, formation work with candidates for ordained ministry, spiritual formation, and spiritual direction.
In the past five-plus years that he has been in the Greater Boston Area, he has served as an Intentional Interim minister in several congregations as well as working with congregations in transformation and revitalization processes as a coach. He is Professional Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation as well as a trained Spiritual Director.
Pastor Henry has a deep love for liturgy and spiritual grounding — seeing these as the animating core of the following in the way of Jesus. He is excited to join CCU at this liminal time — both in the congregation’s history as well as in the history of our country and world.