Chris Rothbauer

Chris, in a pink shirt and bow tie, smiles.

Rev. Chris Rothbauer (they/them) is a Unitarian Universalist minister, spiritual companion, and dreamworker currently serving as the Senior Minister at Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church in Carrollton, Texas. In addition to their work in parish and community ministry, they have served on the Steering Committee of TRUUsT and the Board of Trustees of the UU Mental Health Network. Rev. Chris is an intentional interspiritual boundary crosser as a practicing Druid, Jesus follower, and Zen student. They live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with their partner, Calvin, and their beloved companion animals.

From Chris Rothbauer

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The first time I was told that I was too queer to be a congregation's minister, they asked, "What will the neighbors think?,” as if it were the most natural question in the world. It was then that I understood how grace works: it’s costly. It requires us to be uncomfortable, to get outside...

Reading | By Chris Rothbauer | January 9, 2020 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), Anti-Oppression, Coming Out, Direct Experience, Diversity, Identity, Inclusion, Integrity, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer, Living Our Faith, National Coming Out Day, Oppression, Pride Sunday, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Relationships, Solidarity

"Where are you a pastor?" It's not an uncommon question when you've chosen to do ministry in a small, rural town, especially when you wear a clerical collar much of the time. I'm getting used to the puzzled looks on people's faces as they struggle to reconcile a genderqueer body in this...

Reflection | By Chris Rothbauer | March 15, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), Acceptance, Activism, Anti-Oppression, Hospitality, Inclusion, Justice, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer, Pride Sunday, Unitarian Universalism

We gather together this morning, Because others came before us. Some have left examples for us to follow, Others lessons for us to learn from, and the paradox is that many have left both pain and joy. We honor our ancestors this morning, not because they are perfect, But because, without them, we...

Reading | By Chris Rothbauer | November 11, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Community, Generations, History, Limitations, Meaning, Pain, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Vulnerability

May our lives be reflections of the beauty, peace, and joy that is possible in the world, and may the love we find in this place sustain us as we go our separate ways.

Closing | By Chris Rothbauer | April 9, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Beauty, Interdependence, Love, Peace

We set aside an hour each week to worship the Holy, to come together as a community, and to refresh our souls....

Opening | By Chris Rothbauer | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Direct Experience, Purpose, Reverence

In preparation for Justice GA in Phoenix, Ariz., (June 20-24, 2012) the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) have jointly organized three Service Learning trips to the U.S.-Mexico border with our partner organization,...

By Chris Rothbauer | April 24, 2012 | From International Unitarian Universalism
Tagged as: Beliefs & Principles, Immigration, Oppression, Immigration

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