Crossing boundaries has been a constant feature in Steven’s life story: from rural to urban and Mormon to Unitarian, from university professor of religious studies and history to parish ministry, from US citizen to Vancouver resident. There have been constants as well: an obsession for learning, a passion for great music (from Bach to Shostakovich to Radiohead), a commitment to social justice, and a crazy love for his partner Diana and their four children.
He knows how to darn socks, clean a bathroom, read good stories out loud at bedtime, and shingle a roof. He wants to see religion work and be real – for it to deepen our spiritual and ethical lives and lead us to serve others and, by so doing, find our better selves.
Unitarians have a rich history of community ministry. One of Vancouver’s community ministers is Reverend Laura Imayoshi.
Rev. Laura Imayoshi has worked with this congregation since 2004, and was ordained here in 2007. Her ministry is about creating meaningful connections between people. She serves in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, working to build bridges of sharing and understanding between the Downtown Eastside and the Unitarian Church of Vancouver.
Phillip Hewett has been minister emeritus since 1991; prior to that he was senior minister of the congregation for 35 years. Born in England, where he received the bulk of his education and training for the ministry, he holds the following degrees:
BA, Oxford University, 1949
MA, Oxford University, 1951
STM, Harvard University, 1953
STD (honoris causa), Starr King School for the Ministry, 1969