New Minister at Barót
Rev. Imola Molnár will become the new minister at our partner church, Barót Unitarian Church in Barót, Transylvania (Romania). She will preach her first sermon as Barót’s minister on Easter Sunday, April 1.
She was elected by a vote of 69-1 at a congregational meeting on February 11. The week before, she preached before a large crowd at the Barót church and got acquainted with the congregation at a coffee hour-reception after the service.
Rev. Imola, 31, was born about four miles from Barót in Felsörákos, where her parents still live. For the past three years, she has been Unitarian minister in the city of Oradea, near the Hungarian-Romanian border.
She speaks excellent English, and studied for a month at Meadville-Lombard Seminary in Chicago. Some of us remember her from 2012 when she was intern minister at the huge fortress church in Bölön, about 12 miles south of Barót. When we visited, she spent more than half an hour with us, speaking to our multi-generational group about the history of the church.
Rev. Imola will succeed Rev. Álpar Kiss, who retired as minister in September after 33 years in the pulpit.