Greetings! Let me extend to you the warmest welcome of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, proudly representing the progressive religious spectrum in South Carolina by exploring the farthest reaches of spirituality, community building, and justice seeking.
I was called as the settled Minister of this Congregation in June 2017 after serving other Unitarian Universalist churches in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan. My call to the ministry developed over many years of lay leadership, serving as a youth advisor, writing religious education curricula, and teaching Sunday school classes at all age levels. I graduated with a Master of Divinity from the Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago in 2010 after a long career in higher education administration at the University of Pittsburgh.
Theologically, I hold the ideas of great teachers and religious movements in high regard, including the Beatitudes of Jesus, the Analects of Kung Fu Tse, the Five Pillars of Islam, and the Eight-Fold Path of Buddhism. As a Mystical Omnitheist, I believe that ours is only one of countless universes and planes of existence – and that all existence is god, everything is sacred, and that you and everything that exists is important. I see Unitarian Universalism as the one religion that treasures the search for truth, defends the tools for searching, and holds dear the seeker and the universe that is our laboratory.
I am also the author of the blog, Rev. Jeff’s muse kennel and pizzatorium,
an interactive journal of reflection on the Unitarian Universalist ministry, life…and pizza. Please feel free to visit and share your thoughts.