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About Me – Reverend María Uitti McCabe Skip to main content

Learn a little about me and my world.

My husband Mike and I recently celebrated our 32d wedding anniversary. We met over the telephone in our mid-thirties. We both had fast-paced careers, and knew we had lived very full and unusual lives. Mike worked for Joe Biden at the time and it was part of his job to get Joe on TV. I was in charge of news coverage at Philadelphia’s top TV stations. We quickly learned how much we enjoyed talking with one another. We have supported one another in the pursuit of our individual dreams, and given one another the space to grow.

We have raised two children together. Luc is 30 years old. He is a writer, a dreamer and deeply committed to his Goddess-centered spirituality. He is pursuing a career in international business so that he can use his formidable language skills. Alix is 26. She is an engineer and an artist, determined to make her mark as soon as she possibly can, always eager to be further ahead with life than she already is. As we have launched our children into adulthood, Mike and I feel proud that we have been able to provide them with a stable, loving home. We know our children and they know us. Unlike many of our friends, we spent a lot of time with our kids as they grew up. Mike and I both worked from home for many of those years, and I homeschooled with them for most of their elementary school years and early high school. The time went by quickly, as our elders always told us it would, but I’m grateful we didn’t miss their growing up.

As a child, I shuttled between Puerto Rico and New Jersey. We traveled widely and lived in different cultures. I grew up speaking three languages, including English and French, with my native language being Spanish. Later I studied Italian, Latin, Greek and Hebrew. I was privileged to receive a very high quality education.

Both of my parents died before I began my path to ministry, but they would have approved of Unitarian Universalism’s commitment to diverse spiritual communities and traditions. My mother was an avowed atheist who shared her experience of seeing zombies in the Afro-Caribbean spirituality of her childhood. A courageous, Latinx feminist, she taught me to read SImone Beauvoir before I was 11 years old. My dad grew up in a charismatic Lutheran sect native to Lapland. I translated his lectures into Spanish so that he could deliver them at the University of Puerto Rico.

Ministry in Unitarian Universalism gives me something unaccountably precious to fight for and nurture. It holds me accountable for building community and living into right relationship. It calls me to re-imagine community so we can heal our human fractures and our fragile planet together.

I am persuaded by James Luther Adams’ vision of a ‘prophethood of all believers.’ After six years on the path to ministry, I have now seen how this prophethood embraces and engages our people. I hope to serve this vision for the rest of my life, by continuing to teach, preach and walk with my fellow UUs through our sanctuary doors to face the pain in our world together. And I am wholeheartedly committed to evangelizing on behalf of this beloved movement. Our commitments will tell our story.

Awards and Publications

The Through Line: 200 Years of the Berry Street Essay
Ed. Kate R. Walker, Skinner House 2021 | I contributed Ch. 3 - Calls For Unite & Continuity
Schaff Prize in Church History, 2011
Recipient
Edith and Robert T. Fauth Prize
Excellence in academic achievement - 2012, 2013
Lancaster Theological Seminary Racial Diversity Task Force
Leadership & Spirit of Excellence Recipient
Class of 1892 Prize for Best Written Sermon
Award Recipient