Reverend Leland Bond-Upson has been a lifelong Unitarian Universalist. He graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry in 1976 with a Masters in Divinity. He met his wife Deborah on their first day in seminary, and they raised their four delightful children in northern California. During that time, they continued leading education centers, an endeavor they’d originally begun to finance grad school. In 2008, Leland returned to the parish ministry serving the Petaluma UU Congregation as a regular preacher, then serving churches as Interim Minister in Honolulu, HI, Fayetteville, Ar, Bellingham, WA, Santa Barbara, CA, Vancouver, WA, and Charlotte, NC.
Leland and Deborah put down roots in Hawai’i during his interim ministry there in 2010. Deborah keeps their home in Hawai’i while she remains active in education equity by consulting for education organizations, as well as writing, painting, and sculpting. Leland spends his vacation time at home in Hawai’i.
His major interests are his wife and children, social justice, and history, especially the history of religious tolerance, politics, poetry, education, film, and art. Visit his website to see some of his writing, favorite videos, and personal history.
Rev. Leland began his service with us on Wednesday, January 9, 2018, and is delighted to be in Elgin working with this welcoming congregation.
Read Leland’s weekly Minister’s Message.