Quest for Meaning is a group blog of Unitarian Universalists. Our contributors are listed here.
Rev. Meg Riley lives in South Minneapolis with too many cats, dogs, humans, and garden plants to tend well. She is celebrating twenty years of ordained Unitarian Universalist ministry, primarily in roles related to some form of social justice or inclusion. She is currently Senior Minister of the CLF, a 3500 member congregation without walls which serves a community including prisoners, armed service members, ex-pats, and many religious professionals—all people on the borders of religious community—and provides many online ministries through QuestforMeaning.org.
Rev. Dr. Lynn Ungar serves as minister for lifespan learning of the CLF, an online Unitarian Universalist congregation (www.QuestForMeaning.org). She lives in California with her wife, teenage daughter, two dogs and two cats. Lynn is passionate about poetry, singing, contra dancing and training dogs.
Deanna Vandiver is a community minister in New Orleans, LA, serving as the Executive Director for the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal (www.celjsr.org). Since she accepted the call to ministry, she has not experienced one boring day. Good music, good food, and good friends have sustained her through heck and high water and she has a practice of gratitude for the wonders of this life.
Rev. Jason Lydon is a Unitarian Universalist community minister in Boston, Massachusetts. He founded Black and Pink after a short 6-month prison sentence and has been working in the movement to abolish the prison industrial complex for over a decade. When not organizing with others to overthrow imperialism, white supremacy, capitalism, and heteropatriarchy you can find Jason watching far too many movies or riding bikes.
The Rev. Dr. David Breeden is a parish minister in Bloomington, Minnesota. He became a minister after a career as a university professor, teaching creative writing and literature. He believes that human creativity is one path to ultimate meaning. His many books include Raging for the Exit, a conversation in poetry with philosopher and theologian Dr. Steven Schroeder; News from the Kingdom of God, a meditation manual based on The Gospel of Thomas; and They’ve Played for Timelessness (with Chips of When), his most recent collection of poetry.
Rev. Heather Rion Starr is often typing one-handed these days, with baby Robin fully occupying the other. Life is a little different now in Washington, D.C., where she lives with her partner Rev. Cathy Rion Starr, their little Robin, and two big cats in a smallish apartment. Not so long ago, Rev. Heather was Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon, where she served for six years amid the snow-capped Cascade mountains and high desert. Now mountains have been exchanged for monuments, and instead of attending meetings and planning worship, Rev. Heather spends most days exploring our country’s capitol with the baby. A life-long UU, Rev. Heather is a religious humanist, a native Oregonian, a yogini, and also serves on the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Commission on Social Witness.
Rev. Megan Lloyd Joiner lives in New Haven, Connecticut with her husband and two cats–all of whom will welcome a baby in November 2013. Megan has served as a pediatric chaplain in New York City, a liberal religious advocate in Washington, D.C., and most recently as a parish minister in a large congregation in West Hartford. A life-long Unitarian Universalist, she loves time in the pulpit, the classroom, the woods, and the water.
Jake Morrill has served as minister of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church since 2003. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Harvard Divinity School, he is commissioned as a Chaplain (Captain) in the U.S. Army Reserve. His book, Randy Bradley, was published by Solid Objects in 2011, and in French translation by joca seria in 2013. In his spare time, Jake enjoys jumping on trampolines with his kids.
Christine Organ is a spirituality and inspiration writer who lives outside of Chicago with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. A pragmatic believer, faithful optimist, interfaith advocate, and hopeful romantic, she writes about seeking Grace in the everyday. She is in the process of writing her second book, tentatively titled “Grace, Wonder, and Everyday Miracles,” while her first book (a religious/spiritual memoir) awaits a publisher. She writes on her website at www.christineorgan.com and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post. She enjoys cookie dough, strong coffee, and long naps.
Eileen Raymond was raised in Unitarian churches in Massachusetts. Currently a member of the Church of the Larger Fellowship and the UU Church of Canton, she has also been a member of UU churches and fellowships in North Carolina, Maryland, and New York. Retired as Associate Dean of Education at SUNY Potsdam in 2009, she now serves as a Research Associate at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. Her writing and research interests focus on inclusivity in schools and communities. She and her wife make their home in Canton NY and also spend several months each year in South Africa.