OUR MINISTER

Friederike 'Rica' Kaufel, M.Div
Friederike 'Rica' Kaufel, M.Div
 

Rica began her ministry with UUCA in October 2020. Rica’s ministry is inspired by her strong passion for social justice and anti-oppression work, and her conviction that working towards justice starts with building a beloved community that is diverse, vibrant, and welcoming.

Rica was born and raised in Germany and came to the US to attend college in 2001. After several years in rural Illinois, graduate school finally brought her to California. She was teaching Academic English and working with international students at UCI for several years before she decided to follow her call to ministry.  Having graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School in May of 2020 and finished her ministerial internship around the same time, she is currently completing the last steps before getting ordained.

Outside of church, Rica continues to work at UCI, and she cherishes her ongoing involvement with different community organizations. She is an avid reader, finds joy in long walks, and loves nothing more than spending time with her daughter Elise.