Rev. Jim Lewis, Minister of Lifespan Faith Development & Pastoral Care

Rev. Jim Lewis (he/they) is a queer minister, chaplain, collaborator, educator, ponderer, musician, and lover of games of all sorts. “So much of my work is about encouraging nourishing and flourishing. We gather to enjoy and deepen our spirits in community. At all ages, that includes a broad spectrum of experience: listening, talking, contemplating, playing, adventuring, laughing, crying, protesting, loving, resting, and so much more. I look forward to collaborating with ERUUF in these ways and more as we engage together!”

Many lifetimes ago (in 2003), Jim graduated with a BS in Education with a specialty in vocal music. (We have in fact been told by others that he has a wonderful voice and we look forward to hearing it!) From there, he served as an elementary school music teacher in Kansas City, MO for nine years. They served on many leadership teams in their time as a teacher, including developing curriculum plans and grading systems for music in the district. During this time, he also served as a large group facilitator for Youth Leadership Institute, a summer camp for teens which developed their understanding of systemic oppressions.

Not as many lifetimes ago (in 2011), they departed for Berkeley, CA to attend Starr King School for the Ministry. During that time, he also served as Director of Religious Education for the Unitarian Universalists of Petaluma in Petaluma, CA. After graduation from Starr King, they have been a health care chaplain both in hospitals and hospice and served as a part-time contract minister at Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church in Walnut Creek, CA with Rev. Leslie Takahashi.

In this life (2022!), they will be coming to ERUUF after spending time as a hospice chaplain for Kindred Hospice and contract minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hillsborough. He spends his free time with his partner enjoying contemplation/ranting/reflection, eating delicious food whenever possible, trying to figure out how we can work together to make the most beautiful world possible, and enjoying board games and video games like Stardew Valley and Spiritfarer.

Phone: 919-489-2575 x107