Christina Rivera, who has served the UU faith in myriad ways, including as secretary of the Board of the Liberal Religious Educators Association and on the advisory team for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism, is the recipient of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s 2020 Angus H. MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education. Rivera “has time and again called Unitarian Universalists to practice our faith in ways that tangibly affirm and promote the lives of those which the dominant society still will not,” said Anna Bethea, UUA Lifespan Faith Engagement director in the award citation.
Rivera served as director of religious education at the UU Fellowship of Waynesboro, Virginia; director of administration and finance at TJ Memorial Church UU in Charlottesville; and coaches congregations and others through her consulting group, Called to Justice. She was the first religious educator and first Boricua Chicana religious professional to serve on the UUA Board. In 2017, she co-created the unprecedented UU White Supremacy Teach-In, and she was the organizing UU presence to counterprotest white supremacists during the Summer of Hate in Charlottesville.
In June, the Church of the Larger Fellowship named Rivera to be part of its new lead ministry team.