Scot Hull is a Minister in the Unitarian Universalist tradition. Born in Washington, DC, he was raised in the Maryland suburbs in a family of government bureaucrats. His first church experiences were at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda — as the story goes, this was the only church his Quaker grandfather and Methodist grandmother could agree on.
Scot attended the University of Maryland in College Park, where he was so taken with “Life’s Big Questions” that he decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Philosophy. Life (and debt) eventually intervened, and he went off to find his way in the blooming and booming world of information technology, Internet infrastructure, and the growing World Wide Web.
Over the next 20 years, Scot became a public speaker and technology evangelist in the field of Internet security, where he created and developed start-up businesses, led cross-functional organizations in large and small companies, wrote a book (and a lot of articles), taught seminars, and coached sales professionals and IT executives on how to lead and succeed.
After a long period of discernment, Scot chose to leave this career and attend Meadville-Lombard Theological School (a Unitarian Universalist seminary in the Chicago Theological School consortium) to pursue lifelong interests in comparative religion, Christian theology, and Buddhist philosophy — a return to those “Big Questions”. It was on this path that he began to imagine a “second career” in professional pastoral ministry. He was welcomed into Ministerial Fellowship by the Unitarian Universalist Association in September of 2019.
Scot is the father of middle-school-age twins, Zachary and Naomi. Julia Jones, a teacher, life coach, and professional singer (and Scot’s high school sweetheart and partner of 20 years), enrolled in Meadville-Lombard’s Master of Divinity Program in the Fall of 2019; she also has plans to pursue UU parish ministry (and may even be open to co-ministry opportunities once she completes her UUA requirements). Their family is joined by two rescue dogs, Asta (a Jack Russell terrier mix) and Arlo (a Chow-Chow mix), who very much enjoy exploring everything, all-the-time.
Aside from collecting books about theology, Scot loves reading science fiction and fantasy novels and has famously bad taste in movies (a judgment that he cheerfully disputes). As a way to “practice writing”, he started a blog in 2009, focusing on a hobby his older brother used to pursue back in the 1980’s: hi-fi stereo systems. Over the next decade, Scot turned this “hobby” into a full-time media outlet that now reaches over 2 million readers a year, worldwide.
In a world pressured by the global climate change, the rise of authoritarianism, and bedeviled by oppressions of race, class, sex/gender, Scot increasingly appreciates pragmatic and practical solutions that improve lives. He views “justice work” as only a part of his call to ministry, and he looks to history, science, and literature for inspiration on how to engage, how to create meaning, and how to reimagine a better future.
When it comes to belief, Scot identifies as a Religious Humanist; he also draws significant inspiration from the Buddhist, Christian, and Jewish traditions. His vision of church is “theologically inclusive” of and informed by those sources; he believes that the “language of reverence” is not only something that belongs in Sunday services, but is also fundamental to understanding across current political divides.
“We all come from a common source and we are all heading toward a common destiny. In the time we’ve been given, we can choose to do so much more than merely survive. The challenge we have today, as human beings, is how do we thrive?”