Ministry Team

Rev. Dr. Vilius Rudra Dundzila, Pastor

I joined the Peoples Church staff in June 2016.  The goal of all religion is to love all, bar none; to become good in order to do good; and to make the world a better place for all. The Hebrew Prophet Micah says it so elegantly,
“God has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does YHWH require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
Together, we freely follow our Rabbi Jesus the Christ to create the Reign of God here and now, on this Earth and in our lives. In other words, we love, grow, and serve. My spiritual journey has taken me from Christianity, through Paganism, Hinduism, and Buddhism to Unitarian Universalism and Unitarian Universalist Christianity. I am an avid meditator and yoga practitioner, as well as teacher of both. I love to hang out with my partner Mikie, my dog Chi and cat Yogi, his dogs Roscoe and Bufford, and go sailing, biking, camping, and kayaking. May prayer for the world is, “Loka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu!” (May all beings everywhere be happy and free!). As Peoples Church, we are called to feed the hungry an shelter the homeless in Uptown. Would you join us?

Rob Lentz, Director of Operations

Board of Trustees
Grace CAPB Itter, President
Lawrence Itter, Vice-President
Virginia Tolk, Treasurer
Ati Feldmanis
Ben Tompkins
Elizabeth Takaoka
Iris Scurlock
Jimmie Griffin
Ludie Harris

Rev. Dr. M. Susan Harlow, Pastor Emerita

I have a long interest in urban ministry and am delighted to be here at the Peoples Church as Pastor.  We are a myriad of folks here-some homeless, some housed, some formerly homeless, black, white and brown, college educated and those without diplomas, elders, “baby boomers,” Gen X, and “Millennials,” as well as many more descriptors for the fabulous people who call the Peoples Church home.  I want to provide leadership in worship and organizationally so that the Peoples Church can make a real difference in the lives of our members, our neighbors, the wider community and city.  The Peoples Church has a long history of social justice advocacy and providing food for those in need.

Rev. Jean Darling, Minister Emerita

I’m a born-and-raised Unitarian-Universalist, with a life-long love of peace and economic justice, and cut my teeth in the anti-war movement of the 1960s.  My mother was a come-outer from a Southern fundamentalist family and loved wildflowers and the natural world; my dad was an atheist who loved science and history, and I embrace the gifts they both gave me.

As a person who’s always had a foot in two worlds, Peoples Church has been a great place for me to pastor from 2008 to 2017. Peoples Church is Christian and Unitarian, theist and agnostic, gay and straight, black, white and brown.  It’s Jesus’ model of loving our neighbor that brings us together.

Living now in New Mexico, I love stories, dance, music, and integrating the arts into worship.  The interfaith, justice, and peace traditions of Peoples Church are dear to me, and the congregation plans to continue the traditions of our great heretic ancestors, Hiram Washington Thomas and Preston Bradley by being just ahead of the curve in  worship and our actions in the world.  You are welcome here!