Associate Minister for Religious Education
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It was the last Sunday in December of 1981. I was feeling depressed, lonely and in need of community. I had learned of Unitarian Universalism from a friend. He told me that this religion was non-creedal. I could come with my uncertainties and not have to swallow dogma that didn’t ring true for me. So I hopped into my car and attended the Sunday service at The Unitarian Church of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
The service was just what I needed, a winter solstice celebration with song, dance and poetry. It helped me to come out of my dark place and into the sun. I was able to break through my isolation and touch a deep wellspring of joy. I was surprised at how quickly I made a connection with other people and with something larger than myself. I know I had found a new spiritual home in Unitarian Universalism.
I was grateful that I not only found a faith that let me be true to myself but which also gave me opportunities to contribute to the greater good. With a background in youth work and crisis intervention I found a calling in congregational ministry. Here I could serve not only as a healing presence as was once done for me but I could also help create life-affirming communities that empower people of all ages to discover their gifts for justice-making and spiritual fulfillment.
The Unitarian Church in Cherry Hill not only gave me a faith but also my first church position as their Religious Education Administrator. It was that work that convinced me that I wanted to dedicate my life to serving an intergenerational religious community by helping children and youth come of age, by celebrating life’s passages and by working together to bring peace and justice to our world.
I moved from New Jersey to attend Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California, where I received my Masters of Divinity degree in 1989. That year I was also ordained by the Marin Fellowship of Unitarian in San Rafael, California, and married Patricia Joan Eaton. It was some year!
In 1990 I was called to serve the First Parish in Lexington, Massachusetts, and had the great fortune to have participated in their 300th anniversary celebrations.
In 1994 the First Unitarian Church of San José called me as their Associate Minister for Religious Education. My primary responsibility is the educational programs of the congregation.
I live in downtown San José with my spouse, Patty, and our dog Scout.
I love jazz, gardening, good food, good friends, and long walks in the beauty of nature.
Yours in Peace,
Rev. Geoff Rimositis