The Rev. Dr. Michael A. Schuler was called as Parish Minister to First Unitarian Society in the spring of 1988. He earned an undergraduate degree in political science and holds a Master of Divinity and a Ph.D. degree in the humanities. Michael previously served congregations in Iowa and Upstate New York. At FUS he serves as head of staff and assumes primary responsibility for worship life at the Society. Michael also works closely with the Social Justice Coordinator and is the designated spokesman and media contact for the congregation in the greater Madison community.
With his wife of 43 years, Trina, Michael enjoys hiking, biking, travel and museums. He practices Ta’i Chi, yoga, and has been a distance runner for over forty years. Michael and Trina have an adult son, Kyle, who works as a trainer for a software company and is also an artist. They share their home with a 16-year-old Papillion “therapy” dog, Sasha.
Michael has been active in a variety of civic and environmental organizations and is currently on the Board of the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice. Formerly he sat on the UW-Madison campus-wide Human Subjects Committee and Pathways to Excellence Advisory Committee. He has written numerous essays and articles for publication and in 2009 Berrett-Kohler published his book Making the Good Life Last: Four Keys to Sustainable Living.
The Rev. Kelly J. Crocker has been the Minister of Religious Education at First Unitarian Society since July, 2001. She was raised in Scranton, PA and after receiving her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies at East Stroudsburg University, she attended seminary at Louisville Theological Seminary in Kentucky. It was during her time in Louisville that Kelly was introduced to Unitarian Universalism, and subsequently, her call to serve our faith.
Upon graduating from seminary, Kelly completed a two-year internship as Minister of Religious Education at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia. During this time she realized her passion in ministry to be one of connecting people from across the generations into fellowship, spiritual growth, and active service in our community.
Kelly was thrilled with the possibility of a ministry with First Unitarian Society. She saw in this congregation a kindred commitment to education as a lifelong process for us all and was excited to become a part of its vibrant religious education program. Over the years she has seen this commitment grow and thrive as our programs for children, youth and adults flourish. At FUS, Kelly’s responsibilities include overseeing our lifespan religious education program, working with the Ethical Eating program, advising the Partner Church Council, leading worship, officiating at rites of passage and offering pastoral care.
Kelly is married to Dan Raysbrook and together they have two amazing sons, Sam and Owen. Her passions include knitting, gardening, reading good mysteries and spending time with her favorite little guys playing with dirt, trucks, mud piles and worms.