Our Longing for Community

Why do we come to ‘church’? And why do we seek spiritual communities? In this timely sermon, Rev Mariela explores the human longings and impulses to ‘worship’ in community. Presented by guest speaker Rev. Mariela Perez-Simons.

Rev. Mariela Pérez-Simons (she/her) is a Cuban-American UU minister who teaches about religious naturalism, soul, social change, and emotional intelligence. Rev. Mariela was born and grew up in Cuba under a dictatorship at a time when religion was forbidden there, which instilled in her a commitment to the freedom of individuals to seek truth and meaning on their own terms and to create change in the world. She and her family became political refugees in the United States in 1995. Rev. Mariela earned a Masters of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School where she received the Charles Billings Prize in Preaching and the Faculty Prize for Religious Leadership (given to a graduating student whose tenure at Meadville embodies the values of liberal religious ministry.) Her website is www.revmariela.com