A life-long Unitarian Universalist from the Boston area, Rev. Abbey is passionate about vibrant, robustly spiritual, urban ministry in a multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi- generational setting. Rev. Abbey’s great loves in congregational ministry include worship leadership, institutional anti-racism and anti-oppression work, collaborative leadership development, and the building of resilient networks of pastoral care. A graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry, Rev. Abbey was ordained at All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, DC, where she had served as Intern Minister. Rev. Abbey currently serves as the Interim Advancement Director at Starr King School for the Ministry, overseeing the seminary’s fundraising and Institutional Advancement work.
Before entering the ministry, Rev. Abbey was a lay leader in Unitarian Universalism for fifteen years on a local, regional, and national level, leading a successful effort to gain a voting youth trustee on the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) board of trustees, working as a staff Youth Programs Specialist at the UUA, and serving for eight years on the UUA’s continental Ministerial Fellowship Committee. In 2008, Rev. Abbey had the honor of serving as keynote speaker at the national UU Allies for Racial Equity (ARE) conference, a national organization for white UU anti-racist activists committed to a relationship of accountability to people and communities of color. In congregations she has belonged to and served, Rev. Abbey has worked with fundraising drives, boards, hiring committees, youth and young adult ministries, anti-racism and anti-oppression teams, covenant group ministries, and has created contemplative vespers service programs and new choirs.
Audre Lorde once gave a speech entitled “The Master’s Tools will never dismantle the Master’s house.” What are the tools of evil? Should we use them in the work of justice – the work of “dismantling the master’s house”?
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Together, we reflect on the biblical story of betrayal, death, and resurrection of Jesus, lament losses in our own lives, and discover the renewal that can follow loss. Contemplative Friday evening service, Vibrant Sunday morning … read more.
Hard work, illness, oppression, disappointment, and other intense emotions can all sap us of our strength – often precisely when we need to gather our strength to face what comes next. How can we as people, and we as communities, renew our … read more.
Our Sanctuary is graced with a beautiful stained glass window depicting the “Parable of the Sower” told by Jesus in the Christian Scriptures. Are we the Sower, the Soil, or the Seed? Will our work for love, transformation, and justice … read more.
Life invariably brings ups and downs, successes and failures, delights and disappointments.When disappointments come, must they always arrive like a dreaded uninvited guest, or might we find a way to greet them as friend?
Our lives are full of criticism and approval – not feeling good enough and feeling superior – awe of our beautiful world and devastation at the problems in our world. When it would be easy to spend our days swinging … read more.
This New Year ritual gives each person the opportunity to speak the name and light a candle for someone important who has died in the previous year. Together, we will celebrate the lives of those who have lost from 2015 and reflect on the meaning of … read more.