Here you find a welcome message, our minister' background and information about our deep and abiding presence with the Interfaith Leadership Alliance of Santa Fe.
our minister | Reverend gail lindsay marriner
UU Santa Fe and the Interfaith Leadership Alliance of Santa Fe
UU Santa Fe has been part of the Interfaith Leadership Alliance of Santa Fe (previously the Ministerial Alliance) since its founding. The ILA focuses on interfaith collaboration on issues highlighting our shared values―ending hunger and homelessness, speaking out against racism and bullying, organizing for environmental sustainability.
As part of the ILA, UU Santa Fe helped create Pete’s Place and sheltered young adults in our congregations in partnership with Shelter Now, helped create the Stand Up for Kindness anti-bullying program in the Santa Fe public schools, was part of the Mayor’s anti-racism rally in 2017 and part of the conversation imagining alternatives to the Entrada for the Fiesta de Santa Fe. Every year members of the ILA speak as part of Witness for the People on the eve of the new legislative session.
We join together to do what we cannot do alone.―The ILA
Welcome to UU Santa Fe, we’ve been watching for you! Seriously. We are an open-minded, open-hearted spiritual community seeking to bend the world toward justice, sustainability and love and we are always looking for friends and allies to join us on our adventure.
Rev. Gail was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Rochester, Minnesota. She graduated from Mayo High School, St Olaf College, and the University of Minnesota and then taught elementary school art for a couple of years. After exploring a degree in aesthetics and critical theory at the University of Texas at Dallas she sidestepped into ministry. Since her graduation from Harvard Divinity School in 1995, Rev. Gail has served UU congregations in Weymouth, Swampscott, and Cambridge, Massachusetts; Houston, Texas; Duluth, Minnesota and Santa Fe, New Mexico. That’s six congregations and going on a quarter of a century of ministry!
Rev. Gail is married to Nathaniel Marriner and they just celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary. Nathaniel works as a physical therapist’s assistant at the Santa Fe Care Center. He plays hockey at the Chavez Center and is rehabbing an old jeep in his spare time. Gail and Nathaniel are the proud parents of Isaac and Zoe who attend The Masters Program, a charter high school embedded in the Santa Fe Community College. The twins are active members of the Upstart Crows of Santa Fe―a youth Shakespeare troupe, where they and their mom serve on Upstart Crows advisory board. Gail is also part of the Upstart Readers and will be reading the part of Scrooge in Dickens' A Christmas Carol this December with the Upstart Crows Readers Theater. (Dickens was a Unitarian!) Gail is also an alumna of BUST―Wise Fool’s womens’ circus intensive.
In a ministerial capacity, Rev. Gail is the very active Past President of the Interfaith Leadership Alliance of Santa Fe where she facilitates the clergy book group and helps organize interfaith programs, panels and events. She is the Spiritual Liaison to the Human Rights Alliance-PRIDE Santa Fe.
Rev. Gail is a bookworm and a gardener. She keeps a journal and meditates (almost) daily. She is always on the lookout for flickers of holiness and beauty.
Rev. Gail identifies as a Spiritual Humanist and believes that congregations continue to exist because all of us need support growing our souls, living peacefully together, transforming our culture and healing our planet.
If you have questions that aren’t answered on the website and you think Rev. Gail might be the best person to answer them, or if you would just like to schedule a cup of tea and a conversation, don’t email her! Text or call her instead at 505.603.6840!
Come and breathe. Come and become. Come and belong. Come, and together we will bless the world.
Softly, love, softly sleep;
I will bid the roses keep
Vigils o'er thy head;
Winds shall breathe with murmurs low,
Softly shall the wild brooks flow
Round thy grassy bed.
―Sarah Edgerton Mayo, “Song,” (Unitarian, author, poet)