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 Thinking in Haiku (CreateSpace, 2017, available from and 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’s New Poetry Book Now Available

Thinking in Haiku (CreateSpace, 2017) uses the structure and form of haiku to capture both the natural world and contemporary everyday events: scooping coffee, visiting the eye doctor, hanging curtains in a gentrifying apartment. Rev. Keller has come to "think in haiku," viewing and commenting on the world around her in a stripped down syntax, translated into this poetic genre — in what has become a powerful spiritual practice.

Available now from

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

Mercy Killing in the Woods

I am spending a good deal of time these days working with a group of community activists trying to get our town’s ineffective tree ordiance revised, so that our canopy, the old oaks and other splendid natives have a chance to survive the developers’ hacking. This is one of my earlier poems about tree killing, from my collection A Few Blessings and Lamentations (2003):

The dying tree is marked off
pink ribbon tied to its lowest limb
in the wrong part of this leftover forest—
too close to the cedar singled roof.

Monday morning when least expected
one axe swing and it cracks open,
falls cleanly and will be chopped up or

The neighbor who has clear cut his estate
complains that he is bothered by the sound of chain saws,
tree euthanasia.
He liked the view, especially in the summer
when the woods were thickly green.

Almost like the mountains,
almost like no one else lived here,
and the forest owned the land.

Upcoming Speaking Events

Aug 12 2018
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    All Souls Church NYC

    1157 Lexington Avenue, New York NY 10075

    Time: 10:00 am

Aug 26 2018
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    Mountain Light UU Church

    2502 Tails Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30540

    Time: 10:30 am