Hello! I’m Dan Lillie, and I am pleased to be the congregation’s Ministerial Resident. Serving as the intern here at First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque last year was the final requirement I needed to graduate from Iliff School of Theology in June of 2017.
I grew up in Albuquerque, but did not discover Unitarian Universalism until I was many years older and many miles away. My pursuit of a number of career opportunities took me to Texas, where I discovered Unitarian Universalism, and to Colorado, where I discerned my call to ministry and began my vocational journey toward becoming a minister. As I work to complete the final steps of this process, I am fortunate to be allowed to continue serving this vibrant and transformative congregation.
As I continue to grow in my understanding of what ministry is, I am discovering that the single most important role of a minister is to grow the beloved community. This is accomplished in so many ways, and the scope of this work is far more than anyone can do alone. By cultivating beloved community, a minister empowers members of the community to hold each other in love and support. In this way, we are all ministers, one to another.
A minister grows the beloved community by encouraging continuous self-reflection. We are all theologians, in that we are all called to wrestle with our beliefs about who we are and how we relate to others and the world around us (and of which we are a part). We must be willing to challenge ourselves, for it is when we are challenged that growth and transformation are possible.
When I am not busy learning how to grow the beloved community, I enjoy playing and watching basketball, and spending time with my partner, Emily, and our German Shepherd, Max.
If you would like to contact me, you can reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.