The Rev. Dr. Kikanza Nuri-Robins Joins UUSM as Consulting Minister

We are excited to welcome the Rev. Dr. Kikanza Nuri-Robins to our congregation as a Consulting Minister this church year. She’s gifted us with her sermons and volunteer leadership as a congregational leader and member for many years. Most recently, she helped to shape our initial pastoral response to the pandemic, led our incredibly talented group of Worship Associates, and served in our new Leadership Development Task Force. We hope that over the next 10 months, her leadership and ministry will continue to bless us in many ways and will cultivate a good foundation for the emergence of a flourishing Children and Youth Religious Exploration program.

Rev. Kikanza will begin her official service this month in her new role that includes monthly worship leadership, officiating at rites of the church, and important organizational work for our children and youth.

Rev. Kikanza is an organizational development consultant and an honorably retired clergy member of the Presbyterian Church (USA). She also is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA) Pacific Western Region’s Healthy Congregations Team and serves on the Ethics Committee of the UCLA Medical Center and on the boards of several social service organizations. Her clients include schools, nonprofits, government, and faith-based organizations.

She has been an advocate for justice, equity, and inclusion for more than 40 years, serving mission-driven organizations across the country. Her focus is on sustaining healthy organizational cultures by improving communication, developing effective leaders, and aligning organizational values with daily practice. Rev. Kikanza is the author of many articles and six books (six!) including: Cultural Proficiency and Fish Out of Water. She completed the UU Studies Certificate at Starr King School for the Ministry. During her free time, you’ll find her in her studio playing with color and textiles.

Rev. Kikanza is going to need your support as we dream, organize, and work to rebuild our Religious Education program in our beloved spiritual home. If you are called to be of service to this aspiration of our community this new church year, please touch base with her. We know that liberal religious education is not the responsibility of any one person; it is the shared ministry of the whole community investing in itself and in our collective future.

Please join us in welcoming and celebrating our beloved Rev. Kikanza in this new consultative ministry role!