The Worship & Arts Council welcomes Reverend Marta I. Valentín to the pulpit this Sunday. Understanding a different national, cultural, and religious tradition is no longer a luxury; it is a necessity and must become a priority. In essence, we must advocate that we all need to reach beyond our own tribes and make a point to understand other tribes.
The Rev. Marta I. Valentín currently ministers with the good people at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Medford, MA. Prior to that she had shared ministries with churches in Littleton, MA and Arlington, VA, but her first called ministry was to New Orleans in 2005. She also worked for the UUA’s former staff group, Identity-based Ministries, Public Information Office and Beacon Press. A poet, her prayers and poems appear in many Skinner House Books, including her own meditation manual, A Long Time Blooming, the first person of color sole author to do so. In 2017 she was one of five panelists in the UUMA’s Berry Street Lectures. Rev. Marta has served on various UUA or the UU Minister Association’s committees, including the continuing education committee, CENTER. She is a founding member of the regional anti-racism/anti-oppression/multicultural group GRACE: Growing Racial and Cultural Equity, comprised of colleagues and congregational lay leaders.