Reverend Florence Caplow was called as UUCUC's settled minister in May of 2017. She has served Unitarian Universalist congregations in Washington State and Colorado. Before becoming a minister, she worked as a botanist for 25 years, specializing in the conservation of endangered plants. She is also a Soto Zen Buddhist priest and teacher, ordained in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and San Francisco Zen Center. As a writer, her essays have been published widely, and she has edited two books: Wildbranch is an anthology of nature and environmental writing, and The Hidden Lamp is a collection of one hundred teaching stories by Buddhist women over 2,500 years, with reflections by contemporary women teachers. You can also read her essay blog: Slipping Glimpser.
As a minister, she is committed to shared ministry and honoring the gifts of all. She is a passionate environmental and climate justice activist, and is engaged in interfaith, immigration, racial justice, and environmental justice work here in Central Illinois. She is also on the national board of Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship and edits the UUBF journal. Look for her classes (meditation, UU history, justice issues) and upcoming sermon topics on the UUCUC website. If you would like to watch one of her sermons on Unitarian Universalism, you can find it here: Oneness and Diversity. To watch a TV interview on happiness and gratitude from a Buddhist perspective, click here: The Wisdom of Gratitude.