Pastor AJ Blackwood is committed growing Unitarian Universalism in California and, as of August 2017, serves both the UU Fellowship of Kern County and the Sepulveda UU Society. A SoCal native, he has recently completed a dual-site internship where he served Neighborhood UU Church in Pasadena and the UU Church of the Verdugo Hills. He is looking forward to bringing the skills he learned there to our two UU congregations.
He is a Unitarian Universalist candidate for the ministry and holds a Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology, where he served on the Worship Council and was the administrator of the Center for Sexuality and Christian Life. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a minor in Comparative Religions from the University of California, Irvine.
He has strong skills in worship – working with multimedia and art to develop multi sensory, spiritually vibrant worship experiences. He is an outside-the-box thinker and program developer, as well as a wonderfully attentive listener.
He has extensive ministerial experience working with LGBTQ, youth, and young adult members in the community, and in outreach and social justice work. He has recently been intentionally working to expand his ministerial justice and outreach work in the areas of immigration and race relations.
He has two college age children living in Orange County. He and his partner, Denard, are very active in several social justice movements in SoCal. He enjoys biking, sci-fi, cooking and playing with their chocolate lab, Olympia Brown.
Most importantly, he is looking forward to meeting, and spending time with us as we continue to grow, deepen, and manifest our beloved community here at the UU Fellowship of Kern County and the Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society.
If you would like to reach AJ, please use the following methods:
- You can schedule online at ajblackwood.setmore.com.
- By Phone/Text: Monday to Thursday from 10am – 9pm and Saturday from 10am – 2pm @ 747-224-7887 (SepulvedaUU) and 661-745-8851 (UUKern).
- By Appointment: Tuesday and Thursday from 10am – 9pm at SepulvedaUU and Wednesday from 10am -9pm at UUKern.
- By Email: AJBlackwood@SepulvedaUU.org and AJBlackwood@UUKern.org
You are also invited to read his September 2017 welcome letter at this link.