Rev. Marti Keller is the affiliated minister with the Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation and an independent consultant on congregational ministry. She has been both a parish and community minister, serving congregations in the Mid-South since 1998, and is endorsed by the Humanist Society as a Humanist Celebrant.

She is chair of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice Council and serves on the Ministerial Leadership Network of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. She is a member of the UU Society for Community Ministries, a movement of lay ministers and ordained clergy committed to promoting a broad spectrum of healing and social justice ministries.

Marti is a member of the Decatur Writers Studio, a year round program of the Decatur Book Festival, one of the largest independent book festivals in the country. She is a published poet with chapbooks: Prickly Pear (Farm House Press, 2009), South/West (Shakespeare's Sisters Press, 2013), and Life Lists (expected publication in 2016). She is also co-editor of Jewish Voices in Unitarian Universalism (Skinner House, 2014).

Rev. Marti Keller is available to perform weddings. For those who are interested in the kind of services that reflect their own spirituality and religious beliefs, who want to avoid patriarchal and sexist words and symbols, who want to celebrate rather than solemnize their commitment, Unitarian Universalist services are ideal. [More About Marti]

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Faith of Unitarian Universalist Jews

Marti is the editor of the new pamphlet Faith of Unitarian Universalist Jews available at, in which Jewish Unitarian Universalist community members address questions of faith and tradition as they work toward honoring two religious and cultural backgrounds, while retaining what is meaningful to both.

Work (Always) as Salvation - Yes, I have worked and am still working, under the presumption that it has significant meaning and purpose. But salvation through work? Beyond the money earned literally saving us from hunger and homelessness, what did it mean to our own religious forebears? And how does it continue to inform and shape us now?

Latest Poem

Botanizing (in the spirit of Robert Frost)

Note:  Robert Frost wrote the arguably most popular poem in American history “The Road Not Taken” in 1915 while in England. His walks with a botanist/literary editor friend is said to have inspired him.

Because I do not wear my thick
Black corrective glasses in the field
I never choose divergent roads
Saying YES or saying NO to
Better places for spotting rare or not so rare native plants.

My eyes focus downward to avoid
Tripping on fifty or a hundred year roots.

No decisive moves, no changing directions, one path to another.

Randomly the yellow lady slippers, fire pinks, cardinal flowers
Choose me.

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