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Guest in Your Pulpit - Rev. Julia Corbett-Hemeyer
Guest in Your Pulpit - Rev. Julia Corbett-Hemeyer

Rev. Julia Corbett-Hemeyer is an ordained interfaith minister and a lay member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie, Indiana. She describes herself as a Buddhist/Unitarian Universalist/Humanist religious mutt. She is an author, retired world religions professor, part-time hospital chaplain, workshop presenter, meditation teacher, poet, and served as member of sabbatical interim ministry team for the Muncie congregation. She has a current vita available for those who are interested.

Sunday morning services: Various topics, psychologically informed and informed by both Buddhist and interfaith sensibilities; prefer to develop entire service but willing to do sermon only, enjoy working with a worship associate. Recent topics have included

  • dealing with death—finding comfort and hope in the face of loss
  • the making of poetry—why we're all poets and what that means
  • reflections on T.S. Eliot's poetry-selected passages from the "Four Quartets"
  • radical acceptance-based on Tara Brach's work
  • meditation-what, why, how-a basic introduction to the practice
  • metta [loving kindness] meditation-the Buddhist classic, adaptable to any tradition, includes a short practice session
  • Tikkun-to repair the world-each of our unique gifts is equally important
  • showing up for our lives-the art of being truly present for what's happening
  • life's defining moments-change, transition, and becoming who we are by working consciously with the changes that will happen anyway
  • the gifts of aging-as with fine wine and good cheese, human aging has its benefits
  • these are a few of my favorite things-reflections on some of my favorite quotations
  • I'm quite open to other possibilities

Rites of Passage and Other Ceremonies: weddings, holy union/commitment ceremonies, funerals/memorial services, pet memorials, baby dedications and naming, rituals for other personal occasions such as divorces, house blessings, other significant life transitions

Other Presentations:

  • Basic informational presentation on childhood sexual abuse and healing
  • The Poetry of Pain and Healing, a performance piece using original poetry to help people grasp what childhood sexual abuse means and how healing happens
  • Presentation of my own story as it weaves together the themes of childhood sexual abuse and Unitarian Universalism by way of an abortive attempt at being Christian with what I learned along the way (can do as sermon, "Sexual Abuse, God the Father, and Me")
  • Presentation for laypeople on caring for adults healing from childhood sexual abuse
  • Sunday morning service plus afternoon meditation workshop combo
  • "Pastoral Care with Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors: Practices for Reclaiming Our Souls, A Workshop for Pastoral Counselors, Chaplains, and Others," a daylong workshop initially presented for the Association of Professional Chaplains national conference, 2006
  • One day (morning and afternoon) introduction to meditation workshop
  • Basic presentation on Buddhism, distinctive beliefs and practices

Availability: Prefers to travel in spring, summer and fall, within 60 miles of Columbus. This is negotiable, especially for longer programs.

Fee arrangements: According to Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association guidelines. Home hospitality will be needed on Saturday night when the location is a long distance from Columbus, OH.

Contact: Email Rev. Julia Corbett-Hemeyer at juliahemeyer [at] comcast [dot] net

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For more information contact cer@uua.org.