Adrian Graham joined the UUCR staff in July 2016 as Director of Communications & Membership (DCM) with experience in customer service and member relations in retail, performing arts, and religious institutions, as well as general nonprofit administration. Just prior to joining UUCR, he served as the Member Relations & Engagement Coordinator for Temple Sinai, a large Reform Jewish synagogue in Washington, DC, following a few years there as Rabbi's Assistant & Front Office Administrator.
At UUCR, Adrian is primarily responsible for visitor, friend, and member services; and as DCM, producing congregational publications, overseeing church communications, and maintaining the UUCR website. In 2022, in order to focus more on membership engagement, volunteer coordination, database management, and congregational life broadly speaking, he shifted into his current position as Director of Congregational Engagement and encouraged UUCR to hire a dedicated Director of Communications to help us better to move into our Next Normal way of being together. He is the author of the 2015 Unitarian Universalist Association pamphlet, “Finding What We Believe,” which addresses common questions about belief for Unitarian Universalists.
Raised mainly in the United Methodist Church, Adrian discovered Unitarian Universalism in his late teens and quickly became deeply involved in the UU world. Since moving to Maryland from New Jersey in 2003, he has been a member of the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, where he has served as a Board Trustee, Board Officer, member of most if not all of the church’s ministerial committees, and has taught RE for children, youth, and adults. He is a lover of human culture, especially as manifested through food, music, language, and religious expression. Considering himself a “Uvangelist,” Adrian is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Membership Professionals and a former member of the interfaith Religion Communicators Council. He is an Aspirant to Unitarian Universalist ministry, currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, where he completed two years of service as a Representative on the WTS Student Council, and two years of service on the Student Board of the Washington Theological Consortium. In June 2021, he began a six-year term on the UUA Commission on Appraisal, and in June 2022 was made its Secretary.
Adrian’s primary interests include religious and theological study, languages, and music. His second language is French, and he loves playing keyboard and woodwind instruments. Along with his husband Joel, Adrian is a recent transplant to Ballenger Creek, MD after living in Charm City (Baltimore) for 20 years.