New fund recommits church to social justice.
Luopa has been at University Unitarian, where he serves as senior minister, since 1999 and has also served congregations in Concord, Reading, Hingham, and Weston, Mass., and Hartford, Conn. He was ordained in 1981.
The fund was announced as part of a Celebration of Ministry weekend Sept. 30–Oct. 1, which included a catered dinner, tributes to Luopa by friends and members as well as leaders of his previous congregations, a performance by the Seattle Labor Chorus, two worship services with a guest minister, and a reception. Members of Luopa’s extended family also attended.
The celebration marked not only Luopa’s ministry but that of the whole church. “We were able to hold up not only one person’s ministry but ministry as we all understand and practice it together,” Luopa wrote in the church newsletter.
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Donald E. Skinner was the founding editor of the InterConnections newsletter for congregational leaders and a senior editor of UU World from 1998 until his retirement in 2014. He is a member of the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church in Lenexa, Kansas.