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UU Service


By Jon Sievert

At this Sunday’s UU Service, the Rev Ron Phares explores ways to cope with our trying times in a talk called “The God of Imperfection.”

It seems we are greeted every day with a new headline that assaults the soul and offends the conscience. In our own communities, we are frequently at odds over matters both great and small. Our family lives are fraught at times with tension and hard words. And most intimately, we find ourselves failing our own aspirations. Given all this, the spirit cries, “What the hell is going on here?”

But is it so surprising? Created in harmony, we are born into trauma and beset by dissonance from the get-go. Making matters worse, we are inheritors of a culture that urges us toward an impossible aim: perfection. How are we to cope?

Come reflect on the perspective and practices that can ease our anxious spirits and bring peace to all our relationships. We will explore the ways in which acknowledging our own imperfection and that of others with grace is not only essential to social cohesion but also an inextricable part of being itself. Without imperfection, there is no creation, no connection. And so with faith that the perfect eliminates connection, let us connect through our fractures.

Rev Phares is drawn to perennialism, the way of theological engagement that sees resonances in the essences of most wisdom traditions and faith ways. He is interested in 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, Arizona, and received a BA 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, Texas, 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 sometimes an in-house contextual poet for an architecture firm in Phoenix.

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. 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 God of Imperfection”

Rev Ron Phares

Sun, Jul 29, 10:30am

Posada de la Aldea

Ancha de San Antonio 15



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