Meet our new Minister for Social Justice and Community Building
Meet our new Minister for Social Justice and Community Building, Amanda Weatherspoon.
Born and raised in the bible belt of East Tennessee, Amanda’s journey to Unitarian Universalism began at the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Oak Ridge, TN. After undergraduate studies in Psychology and a ten-year career in Social Services, she found her way to Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA, from which she graduated in May of 2016.
While at Starr King, Amanda immersed herself in the study of multicultural growth and relational community building across a broad spectrum of theological and personal differences. She’s a network-builder, a connector of people, a movement-maker, and somehow both deeply humble and profoundly powerful – each in full measure – and all at the same time.
Amanda is currently completing an Intern Ministry position at the UU Congregation in Berkeley, is a leader with the Black Lives of UU Organizing Collective, and an organizer with and among leaders of color in the Bay Area and beyond. She will be ordained to the Unitarian Universalist Ministry in May, after which we can officially and proudly call her the Reverend Amanda Weatherspoon.
Theologically, she defines herself as a spiritual humanist. Hers is a theology of this-world, connected to a network of community relationships and to the spiritual power of ancestors who paved the way before her.
Note that Amanda will not officially join our team until September 1st, when I return from a short summer sabbatical and the full fall schedule resumes here at River Road. You will, however, get the chance to meet her when she joins us for worship and community connection on the weekend of April 29th.