ABOUT REV MARIELA
Hello beautiful one! I’m so glad you are here!
If you want to know who I am, in short:
I’m a very human human; I’m a lover of life/nature; a mother of two beautiful beings; a partner; a friend, and so much more…
Professionally, I’m multi-passionate, playing (pun intended) many roles:
I’m a writer, a speaker, a teacher, a soul healer, a creator, and an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister.
A Naturalist Minister
As a naturalist my greatest love and source of inspiration is life/nature.
It’s in the natural world where I find awe, wonder, healing, and reverence.
While I’m not a theist (a person who believes in God in the traditional sense) I’m a Religious Naturalist, which means that I find the religious feelings (and stories and metaphors and practices) in nature.
I’m deeply moved by the creativity of the cosmos and by our own creativity, which I define as the power to create change in the world.
I live in constant awe of the beauty and generosity of creation, the vastness of the universe, the discoveries of science, the great mystery, as well as the innovation and kindness of some human beings.
I was born and grew up in Cuba and have a mixed ancestry (Indigenous, African, and Spanish)
I grew up during a time when religion was forbidden in Cuba, which instilled in me a commitment to the freedom of individuals to seek truth and meaning on their own terms. My family and I became political refugees in the United States in 1995.
I have been writing since I was seven years old, trying to make sense of life and my inner world.
In Cuba I studied education, and in 2006, I received an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College in VT.
In 2020 I received a Masters of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, where I was honored to receive the Charles Billings Prize in Preaching (given to a graduating student for excellence in preaching) and The Faculty Prize for Religious Leadership (given to a graduating student whose tenure at Meadville embodies the values of liberal religious ministry.)
I was ordained in Tulsa, Oklahoma after three years of seminary and a lengthly process before ordination.
I currently live in Michigan with my family, where we love to explore the outdoors. We are grateful to be living here, and we acknowledge that the land we occupy was stolen from The People of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi people. We honor their presence and wisdom as well as their ancestors.
What I Teach and Practice: Soulfulness Ecospirituality Social systems Emotional intelligence Authenticity Belonging Creativity Awe Wonder Justice
• that there’s something beautiful and whole inside of you that longs to be expressed in this world.
• that this is the perfect time for you to find your voice, express your beauty, and make a meaningful contribution to the world.
• that our work, our voices, our gifts, our joy, our vitality, and our healing matter
• that the old systems are collapsing, that the world is changing, and that we are the ones we’ve been waiting for!
• that our vitality and aliveness are connected to our soul, and that oppressive systems suffocate our life-force
• that education should be fun and accessible.
I am here for Liberation.
I’m here to protect what’s being swallowed by the colonial capitalist patriarchy every single day.
I’m here to protect the Sacred, because nothing is sacred to the greed of the colonial systems.
I’m here to embody and protect the gentle ways of my ancestors.
I’m here to protect Soul, nature, and life on this planet.