We have guest speakers almost every Sunday. Here are some –

 

Sekiyo Senseisensei103

After training in various traditional Buddhist practices, Sekiyo-Sensei felt he could better meet the spiritual needs of a growing area Buddhist community if he took a more nonsectarian approach as a dharma teacher. This belief led him to enroll in the lay minister program of the Bright Dawn Institute for American Buddhism which is rooted in the Japanese Mahayana tradition. Bright Dawn emphasizes the universal teachings of the historic Gautama Buddha, focusing on individual spiritual growth rather than any sectarian dogma or ritual. Sekiyo-sensei was inducted as a Bright Dawn minister in spring 2010.

 

Rev. Liz TealLizTeal

Reverend Teal specializes in eco-theology, the human-animal bond and all their healing aspects. She is the Spiritual Director for The Ministry of Animals and the Educational Director for Giving Paws, specializing in animal assisted therapies and chaplaincies.

She graduated Summa Cum Laude in Behavioral Science from Mercy College in New York, with additional concentration and studies in animal-assisted therapies. She holds a certificate in Interfaith, Inter-spiritual Counseling. Her ordination is from and held by One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. Rev. Teal has taken the vows and is a member of The Community of the Mystic Heart. She is a mystic, a minister, a chaplain, an artist and a storyteller as well as being a third generation Unitarian Universalist.

 

Rev. Tom Schmidt

Reverend Schmidt is a Unitarian Universalist Minister and is currently the half time minister at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. Augustine. He has been giving All Souls monthly sermons since the summer of 2015.

 

Mark YountMark Yount

Dr. Yount has degrees in Philosophy from William and Mary (BA), Villanova (MA), and the University of Colorado at Boulder (Ph.D.).  He taught philosophy at Trinity College (Hartford), St. Joseph’s (Philadelphia), and Jacksonville University.  Mark now works with Mental Health America helping homeless and at-risk people with mental health challenges apply for disability benefits.  Since joining Jacksonville’s Buckman Bridge UUC in 1997, he has given over a hundred sermons – and Mark enjoys our pulpit and our group as a second UU home.  Mark is drawing on those sermons to write Wisdom on the Way: Pointing Philosophy in a New Direction for Spirited Minds to Explore.

 

Fred Howard

Born and raised in Macon, Georgia, Fred Howard is an ordained minister by the Christian Universalist Association and is currently the minister of the Unitarian Church of Valdosta, Georgia. He graduated in 2006 from Candler School of Theology at Emory in Atlanta and spent a year in the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Emory Hospital. Prior to that, he attended Valdosta State College and the Medical College of Georgia, and practiced medicine for twenty years. Fred has recently published a book entitled “Transforming Faith“. The book’s website is here.