Cathy Rion Starr

Full name: Rev. Cathy Rion Starr (they/them/theirs)

Leadership Development Specialist

Organizing Strategy Team


Rev. Cathy Rion Starr (they/them/theirs) is a queer & genderqueer white minister, organizer, and parent of 2 amazing kiddos. Cathy coordinates the Volunteer Squads with the Side With Love Action Center and is married to Rev. Heather Rion Starr, the settled minister of the UUs of Southern Delaware. Cathy brings a passion for relationship-building, strives to hold complexity and contradictions honestly, and seeks more spiritually grounded justice work. Cathy also loves making music, contemplative and contemporary worship, dark chocolate, exploring the nearby ocean, and being silly.

From Cathy Rion Starr

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Bless you, for who you are, right now, right here. Bless you in your queerness, your genderfabulousness, your questioning, wondering, exploring, declaring. Bless you in the words you create and evolve and claim for yourself.

Blessing | By Cathy Rion Starr | June 27, 2024 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: #LGBTQ, #Pride, #SideWithLove, Community, Connections, Faith, Gender, Identity, Interdependence, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer, National Coming Out Day, Pride Sunday, Wholeness, Youth/Teens, WorshipWeb, Worship

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is real for all of us, whether we are touched by it directly or indirectly. Some of us know people who have the virus, and its impact is getting closer as we learn of second cousins and friends of friends who have died of COVID-19....

Ritual | By Cathy Rion Starr | April 28, 2020 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: #COVID19, Grief, Work

Last week, I stood in front of the ICE offices in Hartford for several hours -- ironically directly across the street from the lesbian law firm that my partner and I paid a lot of money to protect our queer family from the Trump administration (they helped us with the second parent adoption of our...

By Cathy Rion Starr | October 30, 2019 | From Uplift
Tagged as: #BlackLivesMatter, #FamiliesBelongTogether, #LGBTQ, #LoveResists, #SideWithLove, 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 5th Principle (Conscience & Democracy), Activism, Freedom, Human Rights, Solidarity in Immigration Justice, Immigration, Welcome & Inclusion for LGBTQ, LGBTQ Welcome & Equality

Spirit of spring and new life, spirit of decay and death, We turn to your wisdom and strength as we seek to live lives of meaning and love. The cycle of life is powerful. Everything that lives, dies. Everything that dies has lived. There is no escaping this cycle. What then, can we learn from its...

Prayer | By Cathy Rion Starr | March 28, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Beauty, Community, Contemplation, Death, Earth, Earth-Centered, Easter, Growth, Spring, Vernal Equinox

This charge was written to be led by several voices: one person says a line, and then all in attendance respond, “We charge you to engage.” Because your congregation is located in one of the poorest cities in the nation in the richest state per capita in the country We charge you to engage...

Litany | By Cathy Rion Starr | June 19, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: #BlackLivesMatter, 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 5th Principle (Conscience & Democracy), 6th Principle (World Community), 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Activism, Faith, Humanism, Installations, Justice, Oppression, Ordinations, Privilege, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Race/Ethnicity, Solidarity, Unitarian Universalism

Welcome to this place of peace; May we find some moments of quiet contemplation. Welcome to this place of celebration; May our hearts soar with gratitude for the gift of life. Welcome to this place of sacred love; May we gently hold all that is broken here. Welcome to this place of inquiry; Here,...

Opening | By Cathy Rion Starr | June 19, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Acceptance, Community, Contemplation, Gratitude, Justice, Unitarian Universalism

Leader: Today we mark the turning of a season. We mark it with the ritual exchange of flowers. We mark it with the election of new leaders and our annual business meeting. And right now, in this moment, we mark it with celebration of outgoing leaders. [Invite outgoing leaders forward] There is a...

Litany | By Cathy Rion Starr | June 19, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Change, Commitment, Ending, Gratitude, Leadership, Letting Go, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Teamwork, Unitarian Universalism

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