Melissa Jeter

Melissa Jeter, in glasses and a shawl, gazes into the camera.

Melissa Jeter (she/her/hers) is currently a full-time seminarian at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio as well as a full-time librarian in Toledo, Ohio. Jeter is the student minister affiliated with First Unitarian Church of Toledo and regular participant in the Multifaith Council of Northwest Ohio.

Jeter holds a Master of Science Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Toledo. She became a Commissioned Lay Minister through the UU Central East Region before she decided to attend seminary. Jeter imbued her action with faith in nonprofit community agencies to improve city neighborhoods, enforce civil rights in housing, as well as shelter women and children from domestic violence in Toledo, Ohio. Melissa Jeter also makes meaning and compassion through family genealogy, crafting, making music, and playing with her dog, Miss Taffy.

From Melissa Jeter

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Building relationships requires the risk of being open and curious.

Reflection | By Melissa Jeter | November 22, 2023 | From Braver/Wiser
Tagged as: Community, Compassion, Connections, Healing, Humanism, Love, Mental Health, Relationships, Secular, Trauma, Unitarian Universalism, Worship

Spirit and Breath, create an openness that violence has constricted.

Reflection | By Melissa Jeter | October 4, 2023 | From Braver/Wiser
Tagged as: #BlackLivesMatter, Anger, Body, Earth, Healing, Race/Ethnicity, Self-Care, Self-Respect, Worship

From this ground, let us sow mercy, justice, and compassion.

Chalice Extinguishing | By Melissa Jeter | March 2, 2023 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Abundance, Grace, Imagination, WorshipWeb, Worship

Let us find ways to accept one another while preserving our hearts.

Prayer | By Melissa Jeter | March 1, 2023 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: WorshipWeb, Worship

Let us be grateful for the vital force that wakes us and moves us.

Reflection | By Melissa Jeter | January 25, 2023 | From Braver/Wiser
Tagged as: #BlackLivesMatter, America, Body, Generations, Love, Race/Ethnicity, Worship

Love is reaching through the generations with expectations that I live through challenging times.

Reflection | By Melissa Jeter | November 2, 2022 | From Braver/Wiser
Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Direct Experience, Earth, Fall, Family, Generations, Healing, Love, Presence, Worship

Growing connects me to ancestors who had their hands in the dirt because it was keeping them alive.

Reflection | By Melissa Jeter | May 25, 2022 | From Braver/Wiser
Tagged as: Abundance, Earth, Earth-Centered, Family, Food, Food Justice, Generations, Growth, Humanism, Nature, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Secular, Spiritual Practice, Worship

Water sustains, gives, and yields to / Life.

Reading | By Melissa Jeter | March 24, 2022 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Balance, Earth, Earth-Centered, Imagination, Nature, Water Communion, WorshipWeb, Worship

Every time someone showed up for me, I learned that love is greater than skin deep.

Reflection | By Melissa Jeter | January 12, 2022 | From Braver/Wiser
Tagged as: 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Challenge, Choice, Direct Experience, Discernment, Living Our Faith, Love, Pain, Parents, Relationships, Worship

Love calls me to rest when I feel disconnected

Affirmation | By Melissa Jeter | November 24, 2021 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Christianity, Interdependence, Love, Self-Care, Self-Respect, WorshipWeb, Worship

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