Soul Work

Multicultural UU Communities

Spiritual Practices Panel

What spiritual practices sustain us in the work of justice making as we build Beloved Multi-racial and Multi-cultural Community?


Spiritual Practices Panelists

The Reverend Josh Pawelek has been the parish minister of the Unitarian Universalist Society: East in Manchester, CT since 2003.  He currently serves as President of the Greater Hartford Interfaith Coalition for Equity and Justice, a faith-based community organization working on community-based schooling, health care reform, and initiatives to address urban violence. He is the Chairman of Connecticut Clergy for Marriage Equality and a Co-Chair for the Interfaith Fellowship for Universal Health Care. He lives in Glastonbury, CT with his wife and two young sons.



Dr. Mark Hicks is associate professor of educational transformation at George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia.  In September 2009, he will be the Angus MacLean Professor of Religious Education at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago.  He holds a doctorate degree in philosophy and education and a master’s degree in adult development in higher education, both from Columbia University in New York City.


Drawing on his experience as a teacher, musician, university administrator and advocate for social change, he consults nationally with schools, universities, government and non-profit organizations on building inclusive, democratically-minded, multi-racial, multicultural learning communities.  He has been recognized by peers for Teaching Excellence, and is widely known for creating educational experiences that fosters a supportive space for reflection that leads to intellectual and social change.  He is a JUUST Change Consultant for the UUA, a former chair of the RSCC, and lay leader at All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, D.C. and The Riverside Church in New York City. 



The Reverend Marta Valentin has been a minister for six years. During her short tenure she has served the UUA in Identity-based Ministries, the UU Church of Arlington, VA, First UU Church in New Orleans and is currently an interim minister in Littleton, MA.  A published poet, and a budding drummer, she lives with her wife Alison, their toddler daughter Jaiya, and elder cat, Boo.


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