Wayne B Arnason

Full name: Wayne B. Arnason

Rev. Wayne Arnason in the Pulpit

The Rev. Dr. Wayne Arnason is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist with a forty-year career of service in UU congregations and institutions. Rev. Wayne served in two long-term parish ministries, at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church in Charlottesville, Virginia from 1984-2000, and with his wife the Rev. Kathleen Rolenz, at the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church from 2000-2016. With Kathleen, he served during 2015-16 as a part time interim minister for the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Appleton WI. He retired from full-time ministry in 2016, and lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

With Kathleen Rolenz, Rev. Wayne Arnason co-authored a widely-read book on UU worship practices, Worship That Works in 2008, which was published in a new 2nd edition in 2017. In 2013, with Rev. Sam Trumbore, he published a collection of essays on Buddhist Voices in Unitarian Universalism.

Rev. Wayne’s denominational service outside the parish has regularly been focused on ministerial formation and excellence. He was Chair of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee from 2008-2015, and served a total of twelve years on the MFC in two appointments. He also served as President of the UUMA from 1993-95, and is currently on the Board of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, IL.

Rev. Wayne has served the UUA in continental leadership roles. From 1996 – 2005 he was a Trustee-at-Large on the Board of the Unitarian Universalist Association. For four years he was Secretary of the Association, supervising election and certification procedures. In 2013 he was elected by the UUA General Assembly to the Presidential Search Committee that named the candidates who ran for UUA President in 2016.

Rev. Wayne has had significant continuing education during sabbaticals in both clinical ethics and worship. In 1990, he was named a Fellow at the Center for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center during a period of sabbatical leave. In 1991, his article on “Affirmative Action in Kidney Allocation” was published in the Hastings Center Report. During a 2005 sabbatical leave he and Kathleen Rolenz travelled the country studying the present and future of worship in the UUA.

Reverend Arnason has focused his community activism through faith-based community organizing. He has served on the Board of Greater Cleveland Congregations, a coalition affiliated with IAF, and was a leader in Virginians Against the Death Penalty.

Rev. Wayne personal spiritual practice is rooted in Zen Buddhism. He has served as President of the UU Buddhist Fellowship, a continental network of UU Buddhist sitting and study groups.

In his free time, Rev. Wayne enjoys golf, films, hiking, cycling and cooking.

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Worship Associates Training Sample (West Shore)

Wayne B Arnason, Kathleen Rolenz, West Shore UU Church, Cleveland, OH

From LeaderLab
This worship associates training model was developed by the Revs. Wayne Arnason and Kathleen Rolenz (authors of Worship that Works).

Skinner House Books

Worship That Works
Theory and Practice for Unitarian Universalists

Wayne B Arnason, Kathleen Rolenz, Nancy McDonald Ladd

From Skinner House Books

The second edition of this classic UU text includes revisions and new chapters on multicultural worship, multigenerational worship, and new models of services for contemporary practices.

Buddhist Voices in Unitarian Universalism

Samuel A Trumbore, Wayne B Arnason

From Skinner House Books

This book shares the insights of 17 ministers and lay leaders—UUs who have become Buddhists while maintaining their UU identity and Buddhists who have found a spiritual home in UUism.

UU World

Praying as Unitarian Universalists

Wayne B Arnason, Kathleen Rolenz

From UU World Magazine
How can we pray with integrity, grace, power, and purpose?


Pastoral Prayer

Wayne B Arnason

From WorshipWeb
Spirit of Life, We pause to give thanks for many gifts of life that are ours, gifts we find expressed and enhanced in the community of this church....
To Embody the Dream of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wayne B Arnason

From WorshipWeb
I invite you now into a quiet time, a time for spoken and silent contemplation....
Care of the Soul

Wayne B Arnason

From WorshipWeb
Ten years ago, I was asked to present a paper to a new ministers’ study group that was forming at Cedar Hill, a small conference center near Boston. The...
Spoken and Silent Meditation or Prayer

Wayne B Arnason

From WorshipWeb
We join together now in a time of meditation or prayer, spoken at first and then for a time in the peace that silence brings.
From the One, Many: Prospects for a New Universalism

Wayne B Arnason

From WorshipWeb
I feel sorry for the kids today who are taking geography in school for the first time. When I was in school, unless you got really interested in the...
God, whom we know as love

Wayne B Arnason

From WorshipWeb
Prayer - Wayne Arnason O God, whom we know as love, we gather here this morning as seekers and finders, creators and destroyers, givers and receivers of...

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