María McCabe brings a passion for justice and the inclusive welcoming spirit that speaks to her Unitarian Universalist faith and to her ability to reach across all religious communities for the great good and God’s Presence in our lives.
I have heard María in the pulpit for the past three years, and I have come to appreciate several hallmarks of her preaching. María brings her whole self before us, heart and soul and mind. Her message is always well researched and supported, evidence of her reporter’s chops. Unfailingly, María orients us toward the meaning and impact of our actions and inaction on human suffering, especially born from oppression and injustice. Most importantly, she embodies her message through her leadership in our church, in Philadelphia, and, I suspect, beyond. Personally, I have grown from her example and working as a worship associate with her. María’s words of inspiration call me to listen with every fiber of my being.
María’s community and social justice ministry, rooted in her own rich and diverse heritage, has been a revelation at UUCR, a congregation with a deep history of activism. María’s leadership has been timely, heart-led and strategic, such as sustaining a weekly vigil since 2014 in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. She has also produced an invaluable social justice newsletter, disseminating information and commentary on critical events and developments in Philadelphia and the nation, as well as spiritual resources and poetry to nurture our commitment to UU principles. María is also a skilled group leader, whether she is facilitating Beloved Conversations, a Social Justice Council meeting or a book discussion of Just Mercies. In addition, María has advocated for gender equity in leadership of a city-wide interfaith organization and emerged as a strong clergy voice. She is always open to joining with individuals and organizations outside our church in the movement for social justice, broadening and deepening our engagement with the web of life and the true work of the world.