What habits and patterns of engagement encourage healing and reconciliation as we continue the work of building Beloved Community?
Healing and Belonging Panelists
Ellen Carvill-Ziemer has been Unitarian Universalist since the age of 5. While finishing studies for a Master of Divinity degree at Earlham School of Religion, Ellen is also serving as the student minister at the Olmsted Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Ellen is a Chrysalis trainer for the Leadership Development Con and Basic Advisor Training programs and for Groundwork. For the past two years Ellen has also been serving as the Young Adult and Campus Ministry Consultant for the Ohio Meadville District and as a multigenerational lens leader at the UU Leadership Team Institute. Ellen lives in Kent, Ohio with partner Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and two mutts. They are eagerly awaiting their first foster care placement.
Kat Manker-Seale is a Music Education student from Tucson, AZ. Kat has been active in the Youth and Young Adult Caucus of DRUUMM. Ze served on the Mosaic Taskforce and is currently a member of the Addictions Ministries Team.
Dr. Leon Spencer is an active Unitarian Universalist layperson and a professor of counseling and psychology at Georgia Southern University. Raised in the African Methodist Episcopal church in segregation-era Savannah, Ga., Dr. Spencer said the values of justice and community that were instilled in him as a young man attracted him to Unitarian Universalism. Dr. Spencer has served on the Board of Trustees of several congregations and fellowships—from Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia. He later served as president of the Thomas Jefferson District (Southeastern US) and is a past member of the UUA’s Board of Trustees.
Dr. Spencer’s work on anti-racism and anti-oppression efforts for Unitarian Universalist congregations began in 1985, when he helped establish the Black Concerns Working Group. He was instrumental in the success of subsequent anti-oppression and racial identity task forces, including the Jubilee Working Group, the Journal Toward Wholeness Transformation Team, and the Diverse & Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM).
Rev. Patricia Jimenez (Full Bio. Under Multicultural Track Design Team)
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