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. Our 2 Li’l Fishes lunch program serves a hot meal six days a week. All are welcome here! Pastor Susan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Rudra Dundzila, Associate Pastor for Community Ministry
Rev. Rudra Dundzila serves as Professor of Comparative Religion and Humanities at Harry S. Truman College (City Colleges of Chicago), at Broadway & Wilson. A Chicago native, Rev. Rudra joined the Peoples Church staff in June 2016. For him, the religious goal is to love all, bar none; to become good in order to do good; and to make the world a better place for all. In other words, we love, grow, and serve. His spiritual journey has taken him through Christianity, Paganism, Hinduism, and Buddhism to Unitarian Universalism. He is an avid meditator and yoga practitioner, as well as teacher of both. “Loka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu!” (May all beings everywhere be happy and free!) Rev. Dundzila can be reached at rdundzila [at] uuma [dot] org.
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!