Reverend Soto’s Biography
UPDATED WITH MORE INFO as of May 2, 2019
A message from your Ministerial Search Committee:
Thank you for participating in Candidating week. Some of you have been curious to learn more about how Rev. Theresa Soto has directly engaged in social justice work and their ministries up until this point. We hear you. Below is some more information on what Rev. Soto has been up to. As a reminder, there are two more opportunities to be in direct conversation with Rev. Soto.
TONIGHT, (May 2) 6 PM- Meeting with JTW, The People of Color and Mixed-Race Caucus, and Allies for Racial Equity in the Program Room
SATURDAY, (May 4) 11 AM, Open Forum, Starr King Room
[Curriculum] Beloved Community: What Is It? How Do We Get There? (videos and discussion guide)
[Action] Partnership with Don’t Shoot Portland, a Black Lives Matter organization, to have the Mississippi state flag, with racist symbols, removed from the Oregon State capitol. We were successful.
Beloved Conversations, participation and contributions to curriculum.
[Research] Movement Toward Justice: Healing from White Supremacy
[Research] Race, Theology, and Reconciliation
[Action] People’s Supper, Conversations Across Difference
Response to UU Women’s Federation Contest Sermon: Choosing Knowledge. Choosing Intersectionality.
Networking Session: Trans and disabled UUs, Connecting in Lived Experience
[Research] Constructive Theology of the Disabled Body
[Research] Disability Rights and the UU Movement
“All That You Touch”, sermon included in curriculum, “Call to Faith in Turbulent Times”.
[Book, May 2019] Skinner House, Spilling the Light: Meditations on Hope and Resilience
Single Use Plastic, Multi-Issue Lives, Greenpeace Blog
[Action] Protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock (also environmental racism]
[Action] Faith in Action organizing and Flint Rising support for clean water in Flint, Michigan
Commission on Institutional Change: Collaboratory, leading exploration on intersectionality
Sensitivity review of Our Whole Lives for Older Adults
Sensitivity Review: UU World Family pages
Theme speaker: Theme of “Recharging”, five different approaches to recharging with discussion, activities and content for adult learners; Unitarian Universalist Mid-Atlantic Community.
Lead chaplain: Regional Assembly
POC Chaplain: Columbus General Assembly
Founding member, Leadership Council of Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Association, chapter for ministers of color.
DRUUMM co-vice-presidency: This is an opportunity for me to lead and support Unitarian Universalists of Color in an experience of Unitarian Universalism that is organic and not filtered through whiteness. This provides encouragement, healing, and community for UUs of Color. An accompanying action is organizing the yearly gathering.
Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Committee: This is a committee that has an expansive charge accountable to the General Assembly to support and urge the journey of the UUA in anti-racism, anti-oppression, and multiculturalism. An accompanying action is advocating to the UUA Board for measurable growth and change in these areas.
Reverend Theresa Inés Soto loves Unitarian Universalism because of all the beauty and justice it brings into the world. They (Rev. Soto’s pronoun) come to ministry after careers in education and law. Sometimes people ask what the connection is between those fields: simply that they are different accesses to making the world a better place.
Rev. Soto has ministered with veterans in Portland, Oregon, in Flint, Michigan, and in Salem, Oregon. They love inviting transformation both through stories and questions. This makes Rev. Soto an avid reader and observer. Some of Rev. Soto’s favorite authors to read for this purpose are Paulo Freire, adrienne maree brown, and bell hooks.
Rev. Soto is married to Rev. Sean Parker Dennison, who is the solo minister at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ashland, Oregon. Together, they enjoy artistic pursuits, trying new restaurants, and adventures. Last summer, they went on a road trip from the East Coast to the West Coast. Rev. Soto was very excited to see the largest popcorn ball in the world. They currently reside in Ashland, Oregon, with their tiny dog Lulu and their giant cat Junior.