Rev. Marti Keller

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. She has been a guest speaker in many pulpits, including Dublin, Ireland, and San Miguel De Allende, Mexico.

Rev. Keller is endorsed by the Humanist Society as a Humanist Celebrant. Endorsed Humanist Celebrants are the clergy of the Humanist Society (American Humanist Association) and are authorized to both act as legal officiants at weddings and to conduct memorials and perform other ceremonial functions.

She is also a published poet with chapbooks: Prickly Pear (Farm House Press, 2009) and South/West (Shakespeare's Sisters Press, 2013). She is the co-editor, with Leah Hart-Landsberg, of Jewish Voices in Unitarian Universalism (Skinner House, 2014). She is also an author and editor of Faith of UU Jews, part of the welcoming pamphlet library of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

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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Rev. Keller Accepted into Membership to PEN America

Marti recently applied to and was accepted into membership to PEN America.

About PEN America:

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.

PEN America is the largest of more than 100 centers of PEN International. For more than 90 years, we have been working together with our colleagues in the international PEN community to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to make it possible for everyone to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others. In doing so, we are building on a tradition begun in the years following World War I and carried forward by thousands of American writers.

Our strength is our membership — a nationwide community of novelists, journalists, editors, poets, essayists, playwrights, publishers, translators, agents, and other professionals, and an even larger network of devoted readers and supporters who join with them to carry out PEN America's mission.

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

Bellevue Drive Maryland 1955

My mother did not share the concrete front steps
Hot on her cotton bottom.
She poured sweat beneath bare knees, wide thighs that peel a pound diets
Never shrunk, a blue veined jiggly legacy.

On either side of her late afternoon perch, dangerous midcentury ramblers,
A taunting pony-tailed bully, a German Shepherd rattling the chain link side fence
Only inches away.

Across the street, Mrs. Arrowsmith taught tap dance to her Catholic brood and the hidden in plain sight Jewish children
My mother denied.

And behind that row of ubiquitous brick ranch houses and fake colonials
A woods—
Jack in the pulpits
White birches
A man whose last name my brother still remembers
Raining down projectiles
From a BB gun,
Protecting his private quarter acre
And cursing the communists.

Upcoming Speaking Events

Jul 30 2017
Aug 20 2017
  • Aug
    Northwest UU Congregation

    1025 Mt.Vernon Highway NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30327

    Time: 10:00 am

Sep 03 2017
  • Sep
    Northwest UU Congregation

    1025 Mt.Vernon Highway NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30327

    Time: 10:00 am

Sep 17 2017
  • Sep
    Georgia Mountains UU Church

    439 South Park Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533

    Time: 11:00 am