This service directory is a listing of UU religious professionals who are trans and/or people of color and work with congregations and regions. It is maintained by TRUUsT. With questions or to join the directory, email
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Shana AisenbergFreedom, NHshana@shanasongs.comwww.shanasongs.com (she/her/hers, also they/them/theirs) is Musical Director and pianist at UU Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes in Tamworth NH. She also plays in various musical contexts from Appalachian fiddle at contra dances to Eastern-European Klezmer mandolin, from fingerstyle blues guitar to kirtan chants on her Harmonium. She performs with String Equinox and other groups and has recorded numerous albums as a soloist and session musician. Shana has written instruction books for ukulele, guitar and mandolin, she teaches at workshops and festivals nationwide and teaches locally in NH, both individually and in groups. Shana has written articles, poems and blogs about transgender issues, has testified in the NH State House, and has presented interactive workshops, services and facilitated discussions on gender for colleges, businesses, churches and community organizations. Shana’s unique life journey greatly informs all her activities, from teaching and performing music, her writings on gender, to her spirituality and interpersonal relationships.Interfaith musician, composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, song leader, writer.InterfaithNew EnglandJewish, interfaith
Elliot AltomareEast Granby, CTelliot.altomare@gmail.comelliotaltomare.comI work with communities who are in the process of growth and learning. I do mediation, Racism 101 presentations (aimed at white audiences), Gender & Sexuality presentations, and guest preach. PresentationsThe CT/MA region- further travel possible if expenses covered
Rev. Inanna ArthenWinchendon, MAiarthen@inannaarthen.comInanna Arthenhttp://inannaarthen.com worked for ten years with the EarthSpirit Community, serving on their Board of Directors and Council of Elders. I was awarded an M.Div degree by Harvard Divinity School in 1998. I've been preaching, teaching RE, and serving on boards for UU congregations since 1994. I've been the part-time contract minister for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Winchendon since 2013. I'm a Candidate for Fellowship and a member of UUMA, and I'm the Administrator of the Unitarian Universalist Society for Community Ministries. I'm on the faculty of Cherry Hill Seminary. My preferred pronouns are they/their/them.I am an earth-centered (Pagan) UU minister.I do *everything*. I don't really have a specialty. My experience with non-profit management, event organizing, alternative religions and cultures, designing and leading rituals and worship services, teaching classes and workshops, counseling and crisis intervention is long and vast.Interfaith collaboration and understandingHumane treatment of animalswithin 90 minutes drive time of Winchendon, MANoneI'm a published writer and run a small press, and I do book-related design work freelance to help pay the bills. I'm available for contract work or consultation in any of these areas.
CB BealEasthampton, MAjusticeandpeaceconsulting@gmail.comJustice and Peace ConsultingJusticeandPeaceConsulting.com
CB (they/them/theirs) is an educator, storyteller, poet, and speaker. Their life experience includes having been a farmgrrltomboy, a fundamentalist missionary, an activist; gas station attendant, grounds crew, and kitchen staff; a school teacher, dorm mother, and researcher of the religious right (having rebelled and repudiated;) Director of Religious Education (UU) and stand-up trainer, storyteller, and consultant. I support people and organizations who seek justice and equity in relationships and society to grow their competence relative to bodily autonomy and consent, to sexuality, gender, sexual orientation, race and ability; and relative to creatively replacing oppression and marginalization with love, equity, and justice.I facilitate workshops, preach sermons, give talks, consult with one or more people who are trying to solve a problem relative to justice. I listen deeply and bear witness. I hold a room as a safe[r] brave[r] space within which people can learn and grow. I help people hold multiple ideas, perspectives and emotions at one time, and to identify and make their next moves in their growth.Anywhere in the US with appropriate compensation, transportation and expenses paid.I won't work in spaces that are not accessible. Minimum requirements are wheelchair accessible with appropriate voice amplification provided, and have gender neutral or single stall restrooms (also accessible) conveniently available. I consider this part of the preparatory work a group does to indicate committment to learn and grow. I absolutely LOVE when I am able to be part of a "light bulb moment." I am driven by the delight I take in helping people to make their next move in their development. Whatever that move is - learning, growth, relationship, countering and undoing their own biases, deepening authentic community.
Dianne M. DanielsNorwich, Academyhttps://divastyleacademy.comFacebook: DivaStyleAcademy and Dianne M. Daniels; Twitter: @DSADianneI'm a Passionate messenger and advocate for women who want to create and manifest their most Dynamic, Intriguing, Vivacious and Audacious life. A 3rd Year Seminarian, Shoe Diva, Old-house lover, Avid Kindle / Print book reader, and Music loverI empower women to create and manifest their most Dynamic, Intriguing, Vivacious and Audacious life.Personal development, Motivation, Self-development, Self-empowermentWithin 100 miles of Norwich, CT or happy to travel if transportation and expenses are coveredPagan (Ancestor worship)Trained in color analysis, wardrobe creation and management, public speaking
Marchaé GrairBoston, MAMarchae.grair@gmail.comMarchae.comMarchaé Grair is an experienced public speaker, writer, editor, and communications strategist. She works with individuals or groups to establish strategic communications plans that center accountable, inclusive outreach. She also works with individuals or groups to help them skill up in social media, press relations, or opinion writing. Marchaé is particularly interested in doing this work from an anti-racist, anti-oppressive lens. She gives workshops and lectures about doing communications work that centers those at the margins and creates specialized media bias trainings. Note that Marchaé works for the Unitarian Universalist Association in the Communications department.I help individuals and groups improve their everyday communications, create communications plans, and interrogate bias within their outreach and communications work.Communications/OutreachWithin 100 miles of Boston, MA preferred. Happy to travel if expenses are covered.
Yadenee HailuTulsa, OKyadeneehailu@gmail.comI am passionate about worship and all else in churches and communities being meaningful and supportive to cultivating beloved community. I feel called to being like a doula in values driven communities to make way for more authentic and transformative ways of being in the world. I live in Tulsa, OK have passed the MFC, completed an MDiv in 2018 and will be complete with an internship in May 2015. She/her/herWhether through pulpit supply or classes I teach and offer practice of the posture needed to do sustainable and holistic justic work in our communities. Happy to travel if transportation and expenses are coveredI plan to expand into consultation in the near future.
Rev. Kimberly Quinn JohnsonBridgehampton, NYkqj419@gmail.comRev. Kimberly Quinn Johnson serves as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork, on Long Island in Bridgehampton, NY. She has passion and expertise for racial justice work and ministry with youth. Before ministry, Kimberly worked as a union organizer with the UAW. She also taught Women's and Gender Studies at New Jersey City University. The core of Kimberly's ministry is faith formation—creating spaces and experiences for people to connect to the sacred, and to express that connection in the world. In her teaching, Kimberly employs the theory and practice of popular education, facilitating the exchange and exploration of our knowledge and experiences to encourage deeper understanding and grounding for action. The core of Kimberly's ministry is faith formation—creating spaces and experiences for people to connect to the sacred, and to express that connection in the world.Happy to travel if transportation and expenses are covered
Alex KapitanGreenfield, MAalexleekapitan@gmail.comTransforming Hearts (ze/per) is a trainer, speaker, consultant, editor, and anti-oppression activist who is also a trans and queer lifelong Unitarian Universalist. Alex worked for eight years at the UUA national office supporting anti-racism and Welcoming Congregation programming for congregations and managing large-scale social justice organizing efforts. Alex is currently on the steering committee for TRUUsT and is a co-leader of the Transforming Hearts Collective, which supports congregations in becoming places where multiply marginalized queer and trans people can access healing, resilience, and spirituality. Workshop facilitation, consultation, speaking, and preaching on topics including radical welcome, culture shift and congregational transformation, gender and sexuality diversity 101, and much more.Will travel anywhere if expenses are covered.
Rev. Paul Langston- DaleyNew Bedford, MApaul@reachourgoals.comReach Our Goalsreachourgoals.comRev. Paul is was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister in 1997. He has served congregations large and small as settled, interim and consulting minister. He holds a master’s degree in Youth Counseling and Restorative Practices from the International Institute for Restorative Practices. Rev. Langston-Daley has a background in organizing, social justice work and successfully leading congregations through conflict. Pronouns: He, Him, HisStrategic Planning, Conflict Management and Restorative Practices Your One-Stop Shop Reach Our Goals is here to serve non-profits through training, strategic planning consulting, conflict management and restorative practices, retreat facilitation and communications strategy development. Find out how we can serve you.Restorative workUnited States and Canada
Beth LeybaDenver, COcreativebeth@gmail.comRaíces Rituales: Ritual Roots Healing Collective Leyba (she/her) is a writer, speaker, mystic, activist, and healer, who as a bisexual disabled mixed-race chicana, is quite well versed in living in the in-between. She specializes in ancestral healing, gentle and out of the box parenting education, grief work and death accompaniment, ceremonial rites of passage, and powerful truth telling. Beth is the proud biological, step, and adoptive parent of four LGBTQ teens and young adults, as well as a stepson who tragically died in 2014 at the age of 22. My ancestors have called me forth to direct people back to their own bone-knowing and ancestral healing practices, for we have forgotten what it is to be human.Denver, CO; willing to travel if transportation and expenses are coveredFor overnight travel, accommodations must have microwave and fridge, due to severe food allergies.
Rev. Gary McAlpinTahlequah, OK gary.mcalpin@gmail.comSweetwater Foundation http://www.sweetwateroklahoma.org McAlpin was raised mostly with his maternal grandparents in Northeast Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas, with his grandmother being a strict Baptist and his grandfather a traditional ceremonial Cherokee. Gary found the UUA around 10 years ago after serving several different denominations as a missionary, church planter and pastor, both adult and youth, as well as serving as a therapist for 12 years in mental health settings, mostly with adolescents and families. Gary is ordained in the UUA. Currently, Gary and his family live in Tahlequah, OK, where Gary is in the beginning stages of a community ministry in a coffeehouse setting, as well as being an advocate for childhood cancer by assisting families who are impacted by this horrible disease and environmental justice work especially within tribal communities. Gary and his family just went through almost a year of this fight against childhood cancer with their two year old Kai passing on in March. [see more in "longer explanation" field]Community Ministry for childhood cancer families, environmental social justice work, coffeehouse type Ministry for variety of community building events to create beloved community in the heart of Cherokee Country, as well as assisting Senior Minister at Hope Unitarian in Tulsa. More about Gary: Gary is also a ceremonial leader in one of Cherokee Nation's traditional ceremonial grounds, continuing on the traditions of his ancestors. Gary has been invited to numerous gatherings to speak, including the United Nations Indigenous People’s Permanent Forum, keynote speaker for numerous Diversity conferences and camps especially concerning Indigenous rights issues, social services and environmental justice. Gary has also participated and led many world-wide gatherings of Indigenous people concerning Indigenous rights and decolonization. Gary has an undergraduate degree in Cross-Cultural Services, an MDiv with emphasis on Native American Pastoral Care and a Masters in Clinical-Counseling Psychology with concentration in Indigenous Psychology and Inter-Generational Trauma.Decolonization of the UUA and our worldWill go anywhere if travel is covered. 200 miles from Tahlequah if driving.
Dan MiyakeDayton, OHuudjm@yahoo.comI am a candidate for UU ministry, and will be starting an internship at First UU Society of Albany NY in August of 2019. I currently live in the Dayton, OH area. I would like to do some pulpit supply, or perhaps assist with a trans workshop. I use he/him/his pronouns.Pulpit supply, trans educational workshopsFrom 12/15/18 to 7/15/18 within 75 miles of Dayton, OH. From 9/1/18 to 6/1/19 within 75 miles of Albany, NY
Elizabeth MountColumbus, or message me on Facebook action, Speaking effectively for justice, Non-violent civil disobedience, Justice campaign planningWill travel.UU clergy in fellowship
JeKaren OlaoyaHayward, CAjekaren@gmail.comRitual Self Care offer workshops, self-care kits and resources to help people develop self-care practices. I offer workshops, self-care kits and resources to help people develop self-care practices. This includes hand-on activities and discussions on a variety of topics such as setting goals, finding your voice, and advocating for yourself. These workshops are great for caregivers, advocates, social justice champions, the grieving, and anyone who needs skills to make their lives more sustainable and productive. Open to travel if transportation and expenses are covered. 50% of all participant fees collected will be used to fund POC only workshops.
Jason PuracalBellevue, WAexec@esuc.orgEast Shore Unitarian Church (he/him/his) is a versatile leader with a passion for environmental stewardship and social justice. His unique background provides him with a holistic perspective and the ability to strategize in complex situations. In addition, he has proven he can manifest theory into action under the most challenging of circumstances. Apart from serving as Executive Director at East Shore Unitarian Church, he is the CEO/Co-Founder of the startup company ZILA Works, developing a bioplastic from industrial hemp. Jason is an exoneree, wrongfully incarcerated in Nicaragua for ~2 years. Jason speaks publicly raising awareness of issues with the criminal justice system, often with his sister, Janis Puracal, Founder of the Forensic Justice Project. Jason and his Nicaraguan wife, Scarleth, have two boys, Jabu & Jazz. Holistic Strategist & Effective Implementer, living out my values in everything I do.sustainable business models; non-profit Board developmenthappy to travel if transporatation and expenses are covered
Rev. Dr. Qiyamah A. RahmanMarietta, GARevDocRok@gmail.comRev. Dr. Qiyamah A. Rahman is a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, ordained and fellowshipped In 2007. As a retired social worker she is equally comfortable in both community and parish ministry. She has published numerous essays featuring Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, an early black Unitarian Female writer and activist. Rev. Qiyamah is currently working on an anthology exploring the lives of Black, female UU clergy. She has been selected as the Fall 2020 Minns Lecturer that will highlight the lives and contributions of black female Unitarians, Universalists, and Unitarian Universalists. She recently concluded a six year ministry with the UU Fellowship of St. Croix where she raised over $90,000 post Hurricane Maria and started a non-profit titled, Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N). N2N cleared debris and cleaned the homes of the elderly and disabled. Rev. Qiyamah resides in Marietta, GA, a suburb of Atlanta. preaching, meeting & group facilitator, grants writer, writing, research, conflict management, assessments & surveys, diversity , Interfaith ministry, spoken wordInterfaith ministry, spoken wordGroup & meeting facilitation for transitions & facilitating challenging issuesNegotiable
Christina RiveraCharlottesville, VAchris@calledtojustice.orgCalled to (twitter, instragram) (blog)
As a Boricua Chicana my Call to Justice began as a child in the barrios and valleys of Los Angeles. That upbringing focused on our cultural values of collaboration, integrity and liberation. Currently, I am a religious educator serving as Director of Administration and Finance at the Unitarian Universalist church in Charlottesville, Virginia. Prior to that I served as Director of Religious Education at the UU Fellowship of Waynesboro. I've also been a marketing and IT professional. All of those roles contributed to a toolbox of skills and talents I now put to work for faith-based anti-racism and diversity consulting. My husband Chris and twin sons Andreas and Miguel, along with the ancestors, are the foundational support for my calling to justice ministry.Called to Justice, a faith-based coaching group focused on impactful Leadership and Community Development for churches, non-profits and other organizations committed to justice and equity.I specialize in assessing your organization and then co-creating effective plans for actively dismantling structural inequality and coaching your leadership team through a process that is liberating, challenging, and joyful. At times, I collaborate with other coaches who bring specific skill sets which may be needed for your particular organization.Equity auditsInterfaith collaboration buildingWorldwide travel with expenses covered
Francisco RuizLos Angeles, @franciscojruizmHailing from Ecuador, Francisco Ruiz is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalists and music director. His work with choirs and vocalists has been featured in important platforms around the U.S. such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Jimmy Kimmel Live! (U2), Berklee Performance Center (Bobby McFerrin), among others. He has toured internationally with his ability to lead Circle Songs, teach Spontaneous Composition to singers from All Levels and Experience, and his passion for Community Building Singing. He now serves as the Director of Music at the UU Church of Long Beach.I Share the Joy of Singing by Building Skills in Community through Improvisation and PlayCommunity buildingHappy to travel if transportation and expenses are coveredBilingual, with a background in Sound Engineering.
Rev. Jaelynn P. ScottSeattle, WA Contact link via my websitemutualitymovement.orgRev. Jaelynn is a Buddhist community minister, former UU Director of Religious Education, speaker, preacher, and meditation instructor. She resides in Edmonds, WA and teaches on trans faith, POC faith formation, facilitates workshops on race and gender, and leads meditation retreats. Preacher, workshop and retreat leader, meditation instructor, and religious education consultant. I enjoy facilitating conversations around race and inclusion, teaching justice-oriented meditation practice, preaching about trans-faith and theology, and creating innovative, inclusive worship experiences. I have worked with children, youth, and adults, I continue to be available for work with all ages. I especially love creating multi-generational worship experiences. Within 100 miles of Seattle, will travel if expenses and transportation are covered.Emotional Support Animal will need to be with me for workshops outside of my service area or that lasts more than 4 hours in length.
Victoria SethunyaSalt Lake City, UTText 8014629030 or email me at vsethunya@gmail.comI am Teboho Tours, an African Tosca, immersed in immigrant rights and human integrity for all. I would like to share with you my story and song, where opera meets African spirituality. I’m a Mosotho poet, mother and Unitarian Seminarian who walked away from a boiling pot into Utah’s melting pot. And, from here I sing. To hear more, contact me on Facebook at: Victoria Sethunya or Teboho Tours or email me at soloistOne Form of African PaganismUtahI am an African Immigrant
Rev. Amy Petrie ShawHartland, WIamypshaw@hotmail.comAmy is a genderfluid/genderqueer minister working full time in parish ministry. Amy is the national designated Good Officer for TRUUsT and is poly and fetish friendly and welcoming.Amy is a parish minister.Within 100 miles of Milwaukee, WI or current housing location, or further if expenses are covered.Multiracial
Leela SinhaBay Area,; don't hesitate to write again if you don't hear back after two daysThe Intensives InstituteTwitter: @LeelaSinhaLeela Sinha (she/they) is a lifelong UU and ordained to our ministry. Raised in the Metro New York District by an atheist Hindu and and atheist UU (born Unitarian), they have lived and served across North America and occasionally in other places in sexuality education, RE, parish ministry, and now community ministry. Now based in the Bay Area, Leela works as an entrepreneurial minister to bring smoother function and more pleasure to organizational work and life. They are the author of You're Not Too Much: Intensive Lives in an Expansive World, and developer of the Sinha Intensive/Expansive Framework. In her spare time she explores the world of draped clothing, travels frequently, and spends time with her housemate's dog. They identify as queer and a person of color.Leadership development and consultancy with, for, and about intense people.Intense people (intensives) are often leaders and visionaries...and they often function differently from the rest of the world. Intensives are often told they are "too much", have brilliant ideas but maybe less brilliant follow-through, and make mental leaps that no one else understands. They also have deep passion, which can be an asset or a challenge. I help leaders and organizations understand how intensives function and how to best integrate intensiveness into the work at hand--whether their own intensiveness or that of others. If you have people who are misunderstood, single-minded, brilliant but difficult (or if you are that person) I can show you how to smooth things out without losing the genius. These principles apply in interpersonal and leadership contexts from family relationships to outreach, large-scale organizations and even national and political circumstances. There are also ways that this quality of intensiveness ties in with systemic racism, classism, and sexism. Contact me for further information.Bay Area, CA, occasionally greater DC; happy to travel if expenses are coveredorganization should have done basic antiracism and lgbtqia trainingThe material is broad, grows out of my work with UU congregations, and can be customized. If you're on the fence, get in touch and we can see what might be useful.
Rev. Theresa I. SotoAshland, Oregonrevt@theresalovesyou.comTheresa Loves Youtheresalovesyou.comI am a 2016 graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School and have been an interim minister and a community minister. Teaching and offering opportunities for spiritual and ethical growth and transformation are my passion and part of my mission as a minister. My pronouns are they, them, and theirs.I teach, preach, and create at the intersection of race, ability, and gender for the purpose of building new futures in Beloved Community.What does it mean to be Unitarian Universalist in this moment? My ministry partners with congregations and individuals to unfold the answer to this question in relationship to people, their place, and their mission. Sabbatical coverageThe Pacific Northwest and Pacific Coast and South areas, as long as I have transportation and lodging covered, as well as logistical support.I use a wheelchair or scooter depending on the environment, which means I need passable doorways. I can provide dimensions as needed. I need to be sure that there is microphone support, as a point of accessibility.In the summer of 2019 and following, I am available for readings from my book, the 2019 InSpirit meditation manual on hope and resilience.
Kay Stuart-TilleyTallahassee, FLkaystuart545@gmail.comOriginally British, I have lived in the USA for 30 years. My occupational background is in science. Since finding UUism, I became interested also in spirituality and religion, which I do not find in opposition to my scientific understanding. Obtained an M.Div from Andover Newton Theological School and had some ministerial experience as a student minister, although neither ordained nor fellowshiped. Discovered Christianity in seminary, and identify as a UU Christian. Started coming out as transgender in September 2016, and transitioning since October 2017. Pronouns: she, her, etc. Preaching and teaching to promote transgender inclusion through scientific and theological lenses.LGBT+ panels, religious diversity panels175 miles of Tallahassee, FL, or happy to travel if transportation and expenses are coveredImmigrant
Mathew P TaylorHighland, CAmathewp.taylor@gmail.com P. Taylor, is a California native, has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. He became a UU in 2009 and considers himself a UU Pagan. He is currently a student at Starr King School for the Ministry and will be seeking Ordination in the Unitarian Universalist faith tradition. Pronouns: He, Him, HisFinding a home for the spiritually homelessAs a UU Pagan I have found myself many times in community with folks that feel like church is not the place for them. I have spent much of my time in ministry talking with folks and helping them to find their own spirituality in whatever way that looks for them. In my sermons I like to connect popular culture references with our spirituality so that folks can see the "Holy" aspect in everything around us. Pagan ritual help and leadershipPaganism50-100 miles of San Bernardino, CA
Elizabeth Ann TerryWilmington, NCeterry@uua.orgElizabeth Ann Terry works for the Unitarian Universalist Association as a Congregational Giving Specialist. She is inspired by the power of religious institutions to have meaningful impacts on their communities. She has been a witness to congregations that utilize the spiritual practices of covenant and abundance to move their congregations into bright and purposeful futures. Through preaching, coaching and presenting webinars and workshops; Ms. Terry shares her belief in the transformative powers of the Spirituality of Abundance.Many individuals and institutions are stuck in the negative cycle of scarcity. Through exploring and sharing our personal and institutional narratives, we can move into belief cycles of abundance and onto bright futures that are infinitely glorious and abundant.Stewardshipwithin 500 of Raleigh, NC + further if transportation and accommodation expenses are provided.