The Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed Visits UUCA

morrison-reed_markRev. Morrison-Reed is one of the bright lights of Unitarian Universalism. Come meet him the weekend of Nov. 12-13 at one or both of the following events:


Saturday, Nov. 12 from 7pm-9:30pm

The Selma Awakening: How the Civil Rights Movement Tested and Changed Unitarians Universalism. Given Unitarian Universalism’s uneven engagement in race relations it was not the most natural thing in the world for so many UUs to rush to Selma. Why did they go and what role did they end up playing? Explore these and other questions (e.g.) Why, after Selma, was UUism unprepared for Black Power? And why is becoming more diverse still a struggle? Mark Morrison-Reed will share his thoughts with you and will introduce you to The Selma Awakening as well as the meditation manual Voices from the Margins and the UU history as told in Darkening the Doorways: Black Trailblazers and Missed Opportunities in Unitarian Universalism.


Sunday, Nov. 13 at 9:30am and 11:15am

In March 1965 when the call came to join the African-American citizens of Selma UUs responded. Why, despite the risk, did they go? And how did the experience change them, even as it changed the world? What role did UUCA play? Imbedded in the answers to these questions are lessons that will serve as well today as we take up the mantel in striving to make justice a reality.

Biography of Mark D. Morrison-Reed

The Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed earned his M.A. from the University of Chicago and D.Min from Meadville Lombard Theological School. He served as co-minister with his wife, Donna Morrison-Reed, in Rochester, NY and Toronto, Canada. Currently he is an Affiliated Faculty at Meadville Lombard and Coordinator of its Sankofa Archive. In addition he writes and leads workshops. In much demand as a preacher he has spoken at over 200 UU congregations and conferences in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. 

Dr. Morrison-Reed’s most recent book, The Selma Awakening: How the Civil Rights Movement Tested and Changed Unitarian Universalism (2014) follows the meditation manual entitled Voices from the Margin (2012) and Darkening the Doorways: Black Trailblazers and Missed Opportunities in Unitarian Universalism (2011). His previous books include Been in the Storm So Long (1991), In Between: Memoir of an Integration Baby (2009) , which is in its fifth printing, and his first book Black Pioneers in a White Denomination—now in its third edition— has been in print for over 35 years. He has also written dozens of articles. Among these: the entry on the  “Unitarian Universalist Association,”  in The Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History, edited by Jack Salzman, David Lionel Smith, Cornel West. New York: Macmillan Library Reference USA, (1996);  a poem “Let Me Die Laughing (1991),” which has appeared in a half dozen anthologies including a French translation; and “Föhn Within,” which tells of his years as an Afro-American teen in Switzerland, appears in Ticking Along with the Swiss (1988).  Morrison-Reed co-edited the English translation of a collection of columns about Shinto written by the Rev. Yukiyasu Yamamoto Chief Priest of the Tsubaki Grand Shrine that was published in 2009.

Alongside writing, community service has been a central concern. While serving as a parish minister in Rochester, New York he was a member of the Monroe County Human Relations Commission and chaired its Task Force on Police-Community Relations. In Toronto he was the first person of color to become the President of the Family Service Association of Metropolitan Toronto. FSAMT, which serves people in over 24 languages, is the largest such agency in Canada. He has helped construct a community center in Honduras and is a patron of Child Haven International which runs 8 homes for impoverished children in the Indian sub-continent. Within Unitarian Universalism he has served on many committee, commissions and boards, including the Commission on Appraisal and the Ministerial Fellowship Committee. He has also served as President of the Canadian Unitarian Council, and is currently the UUA Ambassador to congregations in Amsterdam, Basel, Geneva and Paris.

In 2003 Starr King awarded him a S.T.D.; in 2007 Meadville Lombard presented him with a D.D. and in June 2009 the school honoured him with its Distinguished Alumni Award.