“Coming Back to Life,” Rev. Karen J. McFarland

I’m going to be speaking about the work of deep ecologist, Buddhist scholar/ practitioner, and environmental activist, Joanna Macy’s work.  Macy’s work involves helping people to overcome anger and despair in troubled times, to face the future with hope and courage, and to recognize there are soulmates along the way – many of them sitting beside you in the congregation!  I will introduce people to at least one of Macy’s engaging and uplifting exercises to accomplish hope and gratitude. Special music by Linda and Poul Sandersen.


My first career was as a professional musician playing and teaching viola and violin in many orchestras, opera and ballet companies, and chamber music groups in the East from Boston, MA to Columbia, SC.  Coming to Unitarian Universalism through an abiding passion for feminist theology, I eventually turned this interest into a call to UU ministry by attending Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA where I received my M. Div.  I served churches in Logan, UT, Brighton, MI, and Woodstock, IL, before retiring in 2012.  I’m married and have twin adult sons.  I now live in Dexter, MI near Detroit.