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UU Service

By Jon Sievert

At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, the Rev. Ron Phares explores the UU perspective on what happens when we die and what that means to our living. Is there an afterlife? Dust to dust? Reincarnation? Or… something else…

If we are granted but one breath, we can be assured of only one thing: that there will be a last breath. If nothing else, death is reliable. What is less reliable is what happens to you when you die. It is comforting to have faith in a heavenly paradise post incarnation. But the rationalist in us might flinch at such a gospel. It is also comforting to have some sense of certainty that we simply cease and our remains transform back into other forms of matter. But is that actually comprehensive enough? Is that, in fact, an understanding based on an incomplete data set?

Rev. Phares is drawn to perennialism, a way of theological engagement that sees resonances in the essences of most wisdom traditions and faith ways. He is interested the insights of those traditions that bring us into a more harmonious connection with the underlying, pervasive, original, and unfolding integration of all phenomena. Consciousness, mindfulness, the nature of time, and collective liberation are among his favored topics of reflection.

He was born and raised in Phoenix and received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Arizona State University and a Master’s in International Management from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School for International Management. Rev. Phares walked into his first UU church in 2002, where he heard Henry Miller read as a sacred text and knew he’d found a spiritual home. He attended Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, TX, and was ordained in the Unitarian Universalist tradition in 2012 by the Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Tucson, where he currently serves. He is the father of two seven-year-old girls and a devoted husband. He is also a sometimes an in-house contextual poet for an architecture firm in Phoenix.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. For information about our Children’s Sunday Program, contact us at The meeting room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


UU Service

“The UU Book of the Dead”

By Rev. Ron Phares

Sun, Jul 22, 10:30am

Posada de la Aldea,

Ancha de San Antonio 15



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