uu craig rubanoCraig Rubano, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County’s New Intern Minister, will be leading his first service in Lincroft on November 2, 2014. 

LINCROFT, NJ -When asked what had drawn Mr. Rubano to Universal Unitarianism, his answer was, “Seeking to be completely authentic led me to Unitarian Universalism, because it provided a big enough tent for the cross-faith questions that I was wanting to ask. From a place within Christianity I was wanting to reach beyond, or to expand its focus, to include other ways that God, or whatever we call the All, is brought to expression. The UU allowed me to pursue the Spirit wherever it led me.”

Mr. Rubano is a multi-faceted man whose talents and interests have led him up many paths. Originally from St Louis, he spent his childhood living in Lima, Peru and Buenos Aires, Argentina before graduating from Yale with a degree in Literature and Philosophy. He subsequently earned a Master's Degree in Comparative Literature at Columbia before attending Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS), where he earned both Master of Divinity and Master of Theology in Pastoral Care degrees. He is now in his third year of coursework leading to a Ph.D in Pastoral Psychology. While attending the seminary, Rubano has served both the school and the Princeton UU Congregation in a variety of capacities, including coordinator of the church’s youth group and chair of Navigating the Waters team, which is responsible for diversity and multi-culturalism training at PTS. In tandem with his studies, he worked for two years in a supervised internship as a psychotherapist at Trinity Counseling Services, Princeton.

But wait; there’s more! In addition to his academic and theological accomplishments, Craig Rubano has had a highly successful career as a professional actor and singer. He began his professional theatrical career as a pig in the New York premiere of Charlotte’s Web.He made his Broadway debut as young lover Marius Pontmercy in Les Miserables,performing the role 700 times, and was an original Broadway cast member of The Scarlet Pimpernel. In addition, Rubano has performed as a solo artist, toured with various ensembles, and released three solo CDs. 

Asked how he finds the time for all these activities, Rubano says, “There is a paradoxical way that tightly structured time allows each piece of it to be used more efficiently. I’m excited about pursuing the many ways people create meaning in their lives; the more I experience, the more discoveries I make about concrete ways we can all live more abundantly. That being said, I also take quality time to be by myself, out in nature, observing and communing with the animals.”

Some of the animals that Rubano spends time with are the two Nigerian goats he helps his sister raise along with her children on a mountaintop near Princeton. This fact sparked the question, “Why Nigerian goats?” And Craig’s response was, “The Nigerian miniature breeds are small enough to cuddle with and are particularly friendly. Why goats? They’re hypoallergenic!”

Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal religious path that encourages people to cultivate their own faith and to listen deeply to what calls them to life. It asks only that you respect the authenticity of others’ beliefs in the knowledge that we can indeed come together in love. In order to expand accessibility, the Congregation offers two services on Sunday at 9 and 11:00. You do not have to be a member to attend. For further information, you can call the UUCMC at 732-747-0707 or visit www.uucmc.org.