The Rev. Christine Robinson
It’s a great pleasure to welcome you to the Web site ministry of the First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque! I hope that you will find the information and inspiration you’re seeking and will be able to join us in person for worship, classes, community, and service. This is an exciting, diverse congregation, and we aim to warmly welcome all who come to us.
I have been the minister of the First Unitarian Church since November 1988. I came to this church after an eight-year ministry in Columbia, South Carolina. My undergraduate degree was in music, but after a few years of young adult wandering, I came to see that music was not my strongest interest, discovered that women were welcomed into Unitarian Universalist ministry, and went to seminary.
UU ministers are required to have a masters of divinity degree, do an internship in a church, and spend a summer as a chaplain trainee in a hospital, a matter of three years’ preparation. Like many liberal Protestants, I attended a seminary sponsored by another denomination, in my case the Methodist’s Boston University School of Theology. As a lifelong UU who knew she would be serving mostly people who had come to us from the Christian tradition, I found this a rich and interesting experience. In 1980, I graduated from seminary and was admitted to fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association.
I am married to William Baker, and we are the parents of Kevin, who was born in 1990. Kevin attends the Albuquerque Academy. William is a freelance computer programmer. They are the ones behind the puppet stage you’ll see some Sunday mornings. In my spare time, I enjoy fabric crafts and gardening.
My own faith has evolved from the proud atheism of my early teen years through agnosticism as I came to understand that I didn’t know everything! In seminary I was introduced to definitions of God that I could “buy” (rather abstract, higher power sorts of definitions), and I slowly began to experience, remember, and have words to talk about experiences of grace and spirit that I now identify with a more traditional definition of God.
Through it all I have been a humanist, believing that whatever lies beyond this world, in this life, we are called to be present and active here, appreciating our lives, deepening our love, and being of service to others.
I can be reached by email (email@example.com) and by phone (884-1801). The best times to call are Monday-Thursday, 9:00-4:00, and if I am not in the office, the staff can take a message or tell you how to reach me.
I hope that you will enjoy this Web site and also try out this or another UU church in person.
Blessings on your journey!