Minister of the Week

The Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley

The Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist. The church of his childhood was the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Monmouth County in Lincroft, New Jersey. There, he learned about compassion, peace and possibility. He received his undergraduate degree at Tufts University and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

He has studied music from all around the world. Music has a spiritual dimension that reveals the fullness of our humanity. The experience of this fullness enriches the soul. This richness called Leon away from academia and into Unitarian Universalist ministry. The Call came to him in song. He wrote the words below:

Reaching to the past, we find ourselves less distantly,
trying to remember our tale
Asking of tomorrow just the simple gift of peace,
oceans over ourselves
And, here, to give oneself upon an altar high,
trying to remember our tale
To see and hear within the stillness, to touch and taste the sky,
trying to remember our tale
As if the golden light was in our hands,
As if Silence had whispered my name…
Beholden and here I am
Silent and singing away

Leon attended seminary at the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California. He served Unity Church – Unitarian in St. Paul, Minnesota from 2008 to 2012. He served the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring, Maryland from 2012 to 2017. He now ministers to North Universalist Chapel Society in Woodstock, Vermont

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