Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern NevadaUnitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada

The Rev. Neal T. Anderson

Neal was called to serve as minister at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada on May 11th, 2008. He began his ministry at UUFNN on August 1st of the same year. Neal first discovered Unitarian Universalism while a graduate student at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan as well as a Master's Degree in Education focusing on Philosophy of Education from the same university. While at university Neal was involved in the movement striving to ensure sustainability for future generations. He was volunteered with the Saskatchewan Environmental Society, Campus Greens and eventually ran for the provincial government in Saskatchewan with the New Green Alliance (Saskatchewan's Green Party). During this time Neal realized that the ecological crisis that the world faces has deep roots in a spiritual crisis. The spiritual crisis seemed to be rooted in the loss of connections and community that people shared.

Neal began a search for a spiritual community to further explore this spiritual crisis as well as to deepen his own religious life and spiritual practices. He found the Unitarian Congregation of Saskatoon and was soon involved in the Worship committee and became a regular lay leader in the pulpit. Unitarian Universalism led Neal to a broader interest in issues of social justice which are intricately linked with the ecological crisis.

Before entering the Unitarian Universalist ministry Neal taught at the Saskatoon Open School, a multi-age, multi-grade, classroom based on democratic principles and a deep respect for children. As a teacher Neal believed that each student's educational experiences at school would lead to a deepening of their desire to be engaged in the world as a loving and peaceful person striving to make the world a better place.

Neal is a minister today because he knew it would allow him to expand his role as an educator to include people through the entire lifespan. He is excited that as a minister he is involved daily in walking the life’s path of congregants with them. He lends a prophetic voice to the Unitarian Universalism as we strive individually and in community to fulfill our principles. Neal is a recent graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California. While at Starr King School for the Ministry his call to Unitarian Universalist ministry was deepened. Neal is grateful to have engaged in the work of Educating to Counter Oppressions and our Journey Toward Wholeness.

Neal believes there is a deep cost to life when humans behave in ways that do not honor the relational bonds of life and an understanding of the sacredness of all. His ecological studies have been a clear reminder of the devastation that results from broken relationships.  When we respond to life in ways that enhance our relationships and bonds to one another, renewed life results. Justice-seeking is therefore not just an abstract ideal for Neal, it is a way to help repair the brokenness around us. The brokenness that results from our failure to engage in sacred relationship. As a minister he is called to create the space for people in community to co-create together. Neal feels deeply called to a greater love that can repair the injuries of the past and bring new possibilities into creation. Neal is committed to sharing the saving message of Unitarian Universalism which creates a deep hope that our evolving faith has the ability to change the world one person and community at a time.