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 Providence, RI, in 2020.