The members of UUCC are proud to introduce our new settled minister, Reverend Jeffrey Liebmann, most recently of the Midland (MI) congregation. He comes to us with over six years experience as a Unitarian Universalist minister and has received final fellowship from the UUA. As you will note in his brief biography, he has a real passion for social justice and Religious Education.
Rev. Jeff graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School and entered Unitarian Universalist ministerial fellowship in 2010 after a career in planning and budgeting at the University of Pittsburgh. After student ministries in Pennsylvania and New York, he was called to serve as the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland (Michigan) for the past six years.
During his first year in Midland, the state of Michigan went politically “red” and the Occupy Wall Street movement erupted. He jumped into both, helping organize vigils and rallies, as well as testifying before numerous State legislative committees, and local city and county commissions. He has written hundreds of online and print editorials on reproductive justice, LGBTQIA rights and equality, racism, sexism, gun control, church/state relations, among many other topics.
Initially raised in the Disciples of Christ tradition, Rev. Jeff explored many religions as a teen, eventually discovering Unitarian Universalism at the age of 30. As a mystical omnitheist, he believes that god is all existence in every plane and universe, and that we all can connect with the Spirit of Love through intuition and mystical experience. He preaches the wisdom of each religion, while encouraging listeners to challenge paradigms and blaze their own spiritual paths. He counts among his spiritual heroes Theodore Parker and Kenneth Patton, James Reeb and Viola Liuzzo, Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., and all the great heretics of history.
He met his wife Jody in Midland, both bringing two adult children into the marriage. Together, Jody and Jeff traveled to Lansing, Washington D.C., and Raleigh for social justice events. Jody provides enormous support for Jeff’s ministry, and he supports her career as a social worker. Jeff collects books and vinyl records and Jody works with watercolor and acrylics. Both avidly attend garage and estate sales looking for undiscovered treasures. They share their home with Oliver the Dachshund, and cat brothers, Holmes and Watson.
All the Liebmanns are excited to come to the Palmetto State and do the work of creating the Beloved Community in Columbia.