I’m RevMariela. I’m a writer, speaker, creator, and ordained minister in the Unitarian Universalist denomination.
I believe God is the creativity of the cosmos that created the universe and continues to create through us. From this perspective, we are all creators. We have the power to create, to change, and to create change in this world.
I’m eternally curious, and I’m always wonder*ing, wonder*ing, seeking different perspectives that broaden our understanding of life and help us grow/evolve as human beings.
My work asks some of these questions:
How can we find meaning (and beauty and awe) in “the ruthless furnace of the world”?*
How can we be more creative (meaning, how can we participate actively in the shaping of a better society/world)?
How can we heal ourselves and the planet from the abuses of colonization and capitalism?
How can we reach our highest human potential?
How can we cultivate wonder in our lives?
How can we widen our circles of belonging?
I was born and grew up in Cuba at a time when religion was forbidden, which instilled in me a commitment to the freedom of individuals to seek truth and meaning on their own terms.
My family and I became political refugees in the United States in 1995.
In 2006, I received an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College in VT, and in 2020 I received a Masters of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago.
At Meadville I was honored to receive the Charles Billings Prize in Preaching (given to a graduating student for excellence in preaching) and The Faculty Prize for Religious Leadership (given to a graduating student whose tenure at Meadville embodies the values of liberal religious ministry.)
My ordination (coronation) took place on April 26, 2020 at All Souls Unitarian in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Theology | Philosophy | Way of Life
While I’m not a theist (a person who believes in God) in the traditional sense, I approach life with the same reverence and sense of awe typically found in religion.
I’m moved by the vastness of our reality, by the great mystery, and by our power to create a more beautiful, more sustainable, more just world.