By Jon Sievert
The Rev. Patrice Curtis, senior minister at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, Florida, discusses “Mindful Travel” at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Service.
Travel: It is what humans have done for thousands of years. Humans have populated the globe because of the need that many of us have to see what is over the next rise. Travel is real, imagined, and metaphorical, but in each case, we can travel mindlessly, failing to grasp all that is in front of us. Stories help us make sense of how travel can connect us with our interior, creating a rich loam for our spiritual growth.
Rev. Curtis grew up in Seattle, Washington, unable to fully accept the tenets of Christianity that she eventually abandoned in her 20s. She practiced meditation and Zen Buddhism on the journey to craft her own mystical-humanist theology. In her 40s she discovered Unitarianism-Universalism and earned a Masters of Divinity at Starr Kind School for Ministry. She says, “I am very comfortable in exploring and sharing a range of wisdom from world religions.”
Her lifelong commitment to social justice drew her to work as an international aid worker at a refugee camp in the Sudan and later in Bosnia at the end of their civil war. Work with a displaced and war-shattered population led to “compassion fatigue” after a year in this war-torn land. Rev. Curtis is married to Nancy Jasa, her partner of 17 years, who is the director of Religious Education for Youth Ministry at the UU Church of San Mateo, California.
The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for coffee and snacks afterward. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit www.uufsma.org.