Originally Published: December 5, 2015 6 a.m.
Prescott Unitarian Universalist Fellowship's speaker at the 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 service will be Intern Minister, Emrys Staton. His topic is "Planting the Seed: My Journey from Sunday School to Federal Court To Ministry." He will recount his years at the Fellowship and tell of carrying those lessons into his life's pursuits and passions-including two appearances in Federal Court for immigration justice activism: living the UU principle of "acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth. Musician for this special service will be Meg Bohrman.:
Emrys Staton grew up in Prescott Valley, Arizona and attended the Prescott UU Fellowship as a child in elementary school. He moved from his home in Prescott Valley to Tucson in 2000 to earn a degree in geography and regional development from the University of Arizona. Since then, he has been a dedicated activist in the immigration justice movement, primarily as a volunteer with No More Deaths, a movement that provides direct support to immigrants crossing the desert and that demands accountability from law enforcement for abuses along the border.
Emrys also serves as a board member for BorderLinks, an educational organization that leads delegations along the border to learn about the complexities of immigration and border policies. His Activism led him to pursue a calling to ministry to become an activist chaplain. He earned a Masters of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology in southern California. In recent years, he has volunteered as a Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) advisor and an adult advisor for YRUU youth camps at DeBenneville Pines to help mentor and support the upcoming generation of Unitarian Universalists.
Currently, Emrys is serving as the ministerial intern for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix, the final step for fellowshipping and ordination as a UU minister.
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