Rev. Beth Lefever was called to Neshoba Unitarian Universalist Church in May of 2012, and began serving there July 1st.
Beth brings a strong leaning toward humanism into her ministry, and an appreciation of Life’s Mystery, understanding that nothing is certain and all things are possible in things of the spirit, and appreciating both the mystery and the potential.
She seeks to nurture the spiritual lives of members and friends by calling on a variety of spiritual and secular resources, as well as her own personal experience, or “life passed through the fire of thought,” as Emerson put it. She also seeks to uplift the commonality of the human journey, and nourish that journey through meaningful fellowship, pastoral care of and with parishioners, and participating in, and promoting, community service and social justice efforts.
Beth believes that humor is healing, and laughter a spiritual practice, and is intentional about the use of humor in her services and in her life. She feels the same way about music.
Before coming to Neshoba, Beth was the half-time religious leader of the Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in St. Joseph, Michigan. She also was active in prison ministry, doing poetry workshops for county jail inmates in her hometown of Elkhart, Indiana. She studied sociology at Indiana University South Bend, and earned a Master of Divinity degree at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. She did field work in Muncie, Indiana and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Beth’s home church was the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Elkhart where she was ordained in October of 2011.
Beth and Evan Lefever married in 1995. Evan, a plumber, lives in Elkhart, Indiana, where he continues to work in his brother’s shop. Beth keeps close company with her adopted dog, a red lab mix named Shae.
Beth enjoys reading, theater, and occasionally watching trashy television. She enjoys walks with her dog, and is reigniting an interest in bike-riding. Not a sports fan, she is, however, becoming enamored with the Grizzlies.
Office hours are Tuesday-Friday 9:30am - 12pm and 2:30pm - 5pm (and by appointment). Contact Reverend Beth at email@example.com.