Meg Riley

Full name: Rev. Meg Riley

Rev. Meg Riley, smiling, in front of trees

The Rev. Meg Riley was installed as Co-Moderator and Chief Governance Officer at General Assembly 2020.

A lifelong Unitarian Universalist (UU), Meg Riley grew up in congregations in Charleston, West Virginia and Akron, Ohio. Since 1983, she has served UU congregations, organizations, and enterprises in many capacities. Her primary identity throughout many roles has been as a religious educator. On UUA staff for 21 years in a variety of roles, and on the UUA’s Leadership Council for eight years, Riley directly experienced the impact of UUA Board/ Administration interactions. She concluded that a strong Board and Moderator, in active dialogue and collaboration with a strong Administration, is essential to a strong UUA.

Always deeply collaborative, Riley has worked to create new opportunities for advancing strong leadership, especially the leadership of younger people, people of color, and GLBT people, wherever she has served. One former intern said, “When she sees someone on fire about something, she throws gasoline, not water, on their fire.”

Ordained as a Community Minister in 1992, Riley has worked ever since to transform the UUA into a multiracial, justice-centered religious movement. She is thrilled about all of the positive movement at the current time, especially noting and wanting to support the strong leadership of younger people, people of color, and trans/ nonbinary folx throughout Unitarian Universalism.

Riley has served on many boards of directors, and was founding President of Faith in Public Life and Equal Partners in Faith. She views the Moderatorship as an opportunity to give back, after having received so much from Unitarian Universalism for her whole life.

Riley lives in Minneapolis, MN. She is married to Dr. Nancy Hammond, who recently retired after 37 years as a clinical psychologist, and is the proud parent of Jie Wronski-Riley, 23. After ten years as Senior Minister of Church of the Larger Fellowship, and 37 years as a religious professional, Riley formally retired from ministry in 2020.

From Meg Riley

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Authentic Connections in a Virtual World
From LeaderLab
Rev. Meg Riley, senior minister of the Church of the Larger Fellowship From Dawning Future, November 2015...

Life | UU World

Up to our necks
From Life
As a nation, we are buried up to our necks in a history of violence against people of color.

Skinner House Books

Shelter in This Place
From Skinner House Books

The 2021 volume of the inSpirit Series is an anthology of poems, prayers, and reflections from Unitarian Universalists about their experiences of 2020.

The Transformative Power of Unitarian Universalism
From Skinner House Books

A dynamic collection of personal stories from people whose lives have been dramatically changed by Unitarian Universalism.

Spirit | UU World

T-shirt evangelism
From Spirit
Wearing my Standing on the Side of Love shirt grounds me when I'm afraid, helps me remember that I'm not alone, and tells the world, including me, what ...


UPLIFT: Disability Day of Mourning in March 1st
From Uplift
Disability Day of Mourning honors the lives of disabled people murdered by their parents, families, or caregivers and proclaims their humanity.
A Disability Day of Mourning Reflection by Meg Riley
From Uplift
I was tremendously grateful to learn more recently about the vigils that now mark March 1 as a Disability Day of Mourning.

UU World

A candid welcome to Unitarian Universalism
From UU World Magazine
Top 10 reasons you may not feel comfortable in a Unitarian Universalist congregation.


A Blessing for the Divorced or Separated
From WorshipWeb
For all who left a relationship in order to save your heart, may your own heartbeat be your blessing. Its rhythm, its particular kinships, its unique...

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