Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen has joined Unitarian Church North, 13800 N. Port Washington Rd., as its part-time minister. Rev. Larsen retired after serving 42 years as minister at Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church in Racine, where he was the longest serving Unitarian Universalist minister in the country.
In addition to conducting two Sunday services each month, Rev. Larsen will teach adult religious education classes, which are open to the public. Class subjects include History of the Unitarian Universalism, Bible study, and Religions of the Middle East (the Abrahamic Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Zoroastrianism, Baha’i).
Rev. Larsen has been very active in the Racine community, where he has served on the boards of the Women’s Resource Center, Southeastern Wisconsin AIDS Project, Homeless Association Leadership Organization, Racine Jail Ministry, George Bray Neighborhood Center, Alliance on Mental Illness of Racine County, and the LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin. He has written a book entitled “Trust Yourself! You Have the Power,” in addition to works published by the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Unitarian Universalism is a centuries-old religious tradition with Jewish and Christian roots; and yet as a non-creedal religious denomination, members are not asked to subscribe to a specific theological belief. In the quest for an authentic, personal theology, Unitarian Universalists consider the wisdom of the world’s great religious and ethical teachings as well as their own direct experience, conscience and thoughtfulness. The Unitarian Church North congregation includes people of many faith perspectives who join together on their religious journeys and work to inspire spiritual and ethical growth, promote free religious expression, create a diverse and inclusive community and work for justice in our world.