Rev. Rica Kaufel was born and raised in Berlin, Germany.  She moved to the United States to attend college and found her way to Unitarian Universalism, a path that would lead her to eventually become a minister.

Portrait of Rica Kaufel

 After obtaining her MDiv degree at Meadville Lombard Theological School in 2020, she was ordained in January 2021 by Orange Coast UU Church in Costa Mesa, California, where she had interned during her ministerial training.

Rica served a number of congregations Southern California before deciding to move back to Germany in July 2022.

Upon her arrival, Rica spent almost two years serving the Unitarier – Religionsgemeinschaft freien Glaubens as a curator, giving impulses to the different congregations and the community at large and also trying her hand at church planting in Berlin.  She is currently exploring new avenues to let her ministry shine in Europe while also keeping up with the exciting developments of Unitarian Universalism in the US.