Rev. Israel Buffardi
Building Community. Nourishing Spirits. Leading with Love.
I believe that slowing down to reflect and connect with others in community is a radical act in a hectic, disconnected world.
I believe in inspiring communities and individuals, as together we courageously and imperfectly practice living into our visions of love and justice.
I am an artist, gardener, cook, proud papa, and Unitarian Universalist minister, and I found my calling in a humble pot of zucchini soup.
My ministry supports connection in a disconnected world.
We crave connection because we recognize that there is something to be found in our coming together that we cannot find in our aloneness. In my ministry I have developed many programs and opportunities for deepening connection.
Eg. I have developed a community dinner worship program called Sacred Suppers. Find out more here.
My ministry supports an intergenerational lifespan approach to religious exploration that seeks to meet the needs of modern life.
I do this by fostering a caring community of people who challenge and support each other in the continuing search for who we are, what we believe, and how we act on those beliefs, knowing that the answers to these questions must change as we evolve with a changing world.
I has led congregations to revision their RE programs and have developed innovative programs such as Theology on Tap and an intergenerational youth-led Campfire Ministry.
My ministry supports individuals and congregations as we seek to understand and dismantle the imbalances of power and privilege, such as white supremacy culture, that prevent us from living into our vision of Beloved Community.
I also work to inspire hope and resilience so that as we work for justice, we can remember that we are all in this together, and that the struggle is a marathon not a sprint.
Pictured: Me speaking at a Count the Vote rally on the steps of the Pennsylvania Statehouse in the days following the 2020 presidential election.