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Sunday Service–Steven Leigh Williams, Grief and Gratitude
February 7 @11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Steven writes, “as we come out of one year of untold grief and continue in this long siege of pandemic, we may struggle to experience gratitude and joy.
We may feel that it is somehow wrong or disrespectful to celebrate when we are immersed in such suffering.
Yet grief and gratitude are inextricable, as are joy and pain; life is not divided into neat containers. Let’s explore together how to hold our human experience in ways that honor its sacred complexity.”
Steven Leigh Williams is a Unitarian Universalist minister on the path to ordination. He grew up UU in Tulsa, and has held several professional and volunteer roles with the UU world, primarily in pastoral care and youth ministry. He currently serves as the Collegial Care Assistant at the UU Ministers Association, and chaplain intern at Church of the Larger Fellowship.
Steven holds a Master of Arts in Social Justice from Phillips Theological Seminary, and recently resumed classes toward a Master of Divinity.
He says he sustains his ministry by reading world-building fantasy novels, spending time outdoors, and being a happy homebody with his spouse, Karyn. They live in Broken Arrow with two dogs, two cats, and, as he says, two mostly-fledged young adult stepchildren.