Marcus was born and raised in Peoria Illinois and has lived in the Central Illinois area in different communities over the past several years. They were raised and ordained as a Jehovah’s Witness at a young age, entering into Deaf Missionary work at the age of 15. At the age of 19 Marcus was outed as a queer person to their congregation and kicked out of their home and faith community.
After getting back on their feet, Marcus found a new mission in their life and ministry in fighting for and supporting the LGBTQIA community, so no one would have to endure the same experiences they had gone through. In their work with the community Marcus came across the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington-Normal and became an active participant for two years. Upon moving back to Peoria they joined the Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria as an active member and church delegate.
Marcus is thrilled to be able to support the Commission on Institutional Change in their vital work, addressing racism and white supremacy in our faith. While Marcus has found their new Faith home in UUism, with principles and sources that speak to their theology, racial and class tensions had not been apart of their religious experience until joining a UU congregation. It is their hope that the Commission can make a true difference of moving our faith to live into our principles more fully.
Marcus brings to the Commission project management experience from public housing and community organizing, as well as a boards and commissions background in government and the nonprofit sector.