Many Unitarian Universalists tend to think of our tradition as beginning with their congregation, or, maybe a day or two earlier. Today our visiting minister, Reverend James Ford, will explore the liberal spirit in religion that would eventually birth as Unitarian Universalism. A quick, and he claims entertaining romp through the tradition.
The Reverend James Ishmael Ford was the first person to be credentialed as both a UU minister and a Soto Zen Buddhist priest. He served UU congregations for twenty-five years before retiring four years ago. He is minister emeritus at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, in Rhode Island. Today he is affiliated as a community minister with our sister congregation in Long Beach. He currently guides the Empty Moon Zen Network. A prolific author, James wrote or co-wrote several pamphlets for the UUA and was a columnist for the UU World online. His most recent book is an exploration of Zen meditation, Introduction to Zen Koans: Learning the Language of Dragons. His Monkey Mind blog is hosted by Patheos.