The seating of a new member to the La Jolla Parks & Beaches group is normally a simple, maybe 90-second process. But when it came to seating the Rev. Tim Seery during the board’s April 26 meeting, there were debates, lengthy discussion and multiple votes.
Controversial arrest in San Diego causes indignation on social media. Rev. Tim speaks with Univision about why he supports justice for Jesse Evans. (in Spanish)
As a progressive minister, nothing is more frustrating than hearing someone restate the culturally ubiquitous phrase “Keep politics out of the pulpit.” Users of this phrase are mostly always well-meaning and cite this tired cliche as if it is not only a gospel truth but also a legally binding principle — which it is not.
La Jolla: We need to talk.
This beautiful jewel of a city by the sea has been gracious to me. It’s been the first community in which I have practiced ordained ministry after leaving divinity school three years ago. It has received me with warmth and hospitality. I consider myself fortunate to get to be the one who represents the United Church of Christ in La Jolla.
This past Wednesday, I found myself in my office with a giant magic marker carefully spelling out a theological truth onto large sheets of paper. These giant block letters soon brought this truth into view: “Jesus was a person of color. We stand on the side of love. This means: Black Lives Matter.” I didn’t think long about what to write. I wrote what I knew to be true and what I believe reflects the heart of God....
Interview for the San Diego Reader at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic exploring issues of life after death, contemporary issues facing the church, and navigating a changing cultural landscape.
In my short twenty-seven-year life, I have had the great fortune of meeting six U.S. presidents. The circumstances around each encounter were all different, as was the age and season of life I was in when each meeting took place. In each case, I have tried to learn something from them....
This past Easter, we at the Congregational Church, held one of our Easter morning services gathered around the towering Monterrey Cyprus that once stood in Scripps Parks as a living testament to the legacy of Dr. Seuss. We gathered around this tree not simply because it and the surrounding coastline served as a stunning backdrop to our worship, but because it, along with the body of Dr. Seuss’ work, greatly informs our faith...
By offering comfort and a sympathetic ear, bartenders are sometimes compared to clergy. But what if your drinking buddy was an actual minister? From 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, the Rev. Tim Seery will host his first “Beer With a Pastor” at the Karl Strauss brewpub in La Jolla, 1044 Wall St. To be clear: Seery, the pastor at Congregational Church of La Jolla, is not pouring or buying the beers. But he hopes to stimulate open, engaging conversations on any topic....
La Jolla Light: Millennial reverend revs up La Jolla’s oldest congregation
In September, just after learning that he landed the job as the Congregational Church of La Jolla’s new pastor, Reverend Tim Seery took a stroll around the Village of La Jolla to explore his new community and introduce himself. Inside the Norma Kay gift shop, he was immediately summoned to the counter to dispense advice....
MULTIMEDIA & NEWS COVERAGE
Blessing of the Animals 2021
Watch Fox 5's coverage of the Congregational Church of La Jolla's first live event since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Virtual Worship Service featuring California artist Agnes Pelton and Desert Transcendentalism
This is an example of Rev. Tim's way of incorporating art and contemporary intellectual thought into a life of faith and meaning making. For more, visit his YouTube channel.
Aside from being the pastor of the Congregational Church of La Jolla, and a minister of the United Church of Christ, Tim is proud to be a member of Cohort 11 of the Next Generation Leadership Initiative, a leadership development program that equips, energizes, and empowers younger UCC local church pastors to build vibrant congregations that change lives and further God’s mission in the world. He holds ordained ministerial standing in the United Church of Christ while pursuing Ministerial Fellowship in the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Bachelor of Arts (2011-2014)
Comparative Study of Religion
Harvard Divinity School
Master of Divinity (2014-2017)
Pacific School of Religion
Doctor of Ministry (2021 - Present)