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Reverent Agnosticism

Mark Stringer

By Jon Sievert

The Rev. Mark Stringer gives voice to a “reverent agnostic” approach to life at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.

UU Service
“Reverent Agnosticism”
With Rev. Mark Stringer
Sun, July 10, 10:30am
Posada de La Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

In a world with an unending diversity of theological perspectives, one person’s reason is often another person’s lunacy. Attempts to try to convince others of our speculative truths tend to further entrench differences between us. How might we move from a spirit of religious exceptionalism to a kind of faith beyond belief?

Rev. Stringer has served as the senior minister of the First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, Iowa, since 2001. He is a leader in AMOS (A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy), including three years of service as the board chair of Project IOWA, an AMOS-instigated workforce development effort that serves as a bridge for unemployed and underemployed Central Iowans into career-track employment. During six years on the board of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, including two years as chair, he promoted the positive, healing role of religion in public life, defended the separation of church and state, and spoke on behalf of marriage as a civil right. On August 31, 2007, in the front yard of his Des Moines home, Mark officiated at Iowa’s first legally recognized same-sex wedding. In 2014 he preached the Sunday sermon at the UUA General Assembly held in Providence, RI, the largest annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists for worship. He lives in Des Moines with his wife Susan and their two daughters.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at Posada de La Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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