Rev. Rita Capezzi
Throughout the Enlightenment Period, whose modes of inquiry and thought inform, among other things, our political system as well as our system of higher education, Imagination was understood as a suspect mental capacity. Reason was, and has been, considered the ultimate way of thinking. Even our Unitarian Universalist Six Sources enshrine reason: “Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warns us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.”. Yet Imagination serves to sustain us, especially in times of trauma and pain. How does Imagination help to uplift us and help us think powerfully and spiritually?
After a 25 year career as a university professor, Rev. Rita Capezzi entered Meadville Lombard Theological School and was ordained a Unitarian Universalist minister. She was called to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mankato (MN) in August 2018 as its first full-time settled minister. The Fellowship installed Rev. Rita on April 14, 2019. Like the congregation, Rev. Rita has a passion for deepening spiritual life in order to sustain the work of creating justice in a hurting world. She lives with her spouse Jeff and two cats, Sita and Tommy, and enjoys Zoom calls with her son in Seattle and daughter in Buffalo (NY).