Rev. Leland Bond-Upson has been a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, graduating from Starr King School for the Ministry with a Masters in Divinity in 1976. Lee met his wife Deborah in seminary, they raised their four delightful children in northern California continuing rewarding work leading education centers originally meant just to finance grad school. In 2008 Lee returned to the parish ministry serving the Petaluma UU Congregation as a regular preacher, then embarking on serving churches as Interim Minister in Honolulu—HI, Fayetteville—AR, Bellingham—WA, Santa Barbara—CA, Vancouver—WA, and Charlotte—NC.
Lee and Deborah set down roots in Hawai’i during his interim ministry there. Deborah keeps their home in Hawai’i while active in education equity politics, consulting to education organizations, writing, painting and sculpting. Lee spends his vacation time at home in Hawai’i and is delighted to be in Elgin working with this welcoming congregation.
Lee’s wife and children, social justice, history—especially the history of religious tolerance, politics, poetry, education, film, and art—are his major interests. Visit Lee’s website: lbuuu.org to see some of Lee’s writing, favorite videos, and personal history.
Rev. Leland began his service with us on Wednesday, January 9.