Welcome to the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship! We strive to be a loving, diverse, open congregation that inspires spiritual growth, encourages ethical actions and has a deep commitment to improving the community and the world by our actions. We welcome people of all ages, abilities, backgrounds, ethnicities, sexual preferences, gender identities, financial means, religious and spiritual beliefs. We are a community with different beliefs but shared values, and we endeavor to embrace all who aspire to live according to our Unitarian Universalist Principles.
I began as the 1/2 time consulting minister for the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in September of 2015 and am honored to be serving this exciting, vibrant and growing congregation and community! I was born and raised in Brenham, Texas, and am a fifth generation Texan. I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drama education and English in 1970 and a Master of Library Science degree in 1973, both from the University of Texas at Austin. I first became a Unitarian Universalist (having been raised Roman Catholic) when I was an undergraduate at UT. In 2006, I retired from a twenty-year career as a Montessori educator to enter Perkins School of Theology (SMU) in Dallas. I received a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins in 2013. I served as the ministerial intern for the Denton UU Fellowship in Denton and as a chaplaincy intern at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. Before entering seminary, I was an active UU lay leader on the congregational, district and regional levels, most notably as Dean of the Southwestern UU Conference’s Dwight Brown Leadership Experience for many years. I frequently fill the pulpits of UU congregations around Texas and Oklahoma as a guest minister, serve as chaplain at UBarU, our UU camp and retreat center near Kerrville, and as a consultant for the Southern Region of the UUA.
Theologically, I am what a friend calls “a gentle theist”, meaning that I feel there is a mysterious presence in the universe, permeating all of creation, which is greater than I am. At the same time, I am certainly a humanist, in that I believe we humans are responsible for creating the Beloved Community here on earth. I have a great appreciation and respect for other theologies and spiritualities, however, and am comfortable ministering to people with various belief systems — atheism, agnosticism, neo-paganism, Buddhism, Christianity, and more. My regular personal spiritual practices are sitting meditation and a drawing practice known as “Praying in Color”.
I have been married for over forty years to my husband, Jim, and we have two grown sons: Seth, who lives with his wife, Jessica, in Boston, and Joel, who lives with his wife, Laura, in San Marcos. Jim and I moved to San Marcos in September of 2014 after he retired from a 38-year career as Professor of Classical Languages at Austin College in Sherman, TX, to live near our two granddaughters, Alice and Robyn, who are the lights of our life! In addition to my grandchildren, religion and spirituality, interfaith dialogue and social justice concerns, my primary interests are reading, music, theater, films, and British TV shows.
Other Ministers and Speakers at SMUUF
I typically lead about two worship services each month. On other Sundays, the congregation enjoys excellent worship led by ministers from other Unitarian Universalist churches and other faith traditions or lay speakers from our own congregation and the community.