I watched the Ken Burns documentary “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War” on PBS Tuesday night. From the earliest age, growing up Jewish near Skokie, IL, a place with the highest population of Holocaust survivors anywhere besides Israel, I was aware of anti-immigrant prejudice and political fascism and recognized that some lives were valued more than others. I have come to believe that history doesn’t repeat itself; we must continuously fight the forces in us and around us that threaten to overtake the world with the worst, instead of the best, of humanity. We are in another one of those times. The irony of watching this documentary is that now my connection is on the other side. As a Unitarian Universalist minister, how can I be inspired by the courage of the Sharps who helped some of “my people” a generation ago to stand up and do the right thing in the face of today’s many challenges in the world? It is a hard time right now. There are forces rising. We have seen different manifestations of them before. Courage in action doesn’t crave hope, it creates hope. Stay strong, love can win.
About Rev. David A. Miller
Rev. David A. Miller became UUCF’s senior minister in August 2015. In that role, he is the congregation’s lead minister and is responsible for the programs and staff related to worship, social justice and stewardship.
Before coming to UUCF, Rev. Miller was the settled minister of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Fellowship of San Dieguito in Southern California since 2009.
David was raised Jewish in the Skokie/Evanston area just north of Chicago. He has a B.S. degree in political science from the University of Utah and received his master of divinity degree from the Claremont School of Theology in 2008 with an emphasis in social transformation. Before he was called to the ministry, David spent more than 25 years in executive management, strategic planning, marketing, business development and fundraising with private sector and non-profit organizations.
David also previously served the San Diego County UU Cluster as the ministerial coordinator of the San Diego County UU Network (SUUN), as a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA) Pacific Southwest District Ministerial Transitions Team and as a district consultant for boards for strategic planning and mission/vision retreats. He also served Unitarian Universalism as a member of the Standing on the Side of Love National Creative Advisory Team.
David’s spouse, Alice King, is minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun in Leesburg, VA.
Outside of work, David has retired from many years of softball, basketball and ultimate Frisbee and now enjoys walks with Alice, cooking (when there is time), movies, music (both listening and singing, djembe and cajon drumming) and spin and total body gravity machine workouts.