Israel

Buffardi

Building Community
Nourishing Spirits
Leading With love
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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. ​

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My Work

Building Community

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. 

Nourishing the Spirit

Leading

with Love

My ministry supports an intergenerational lifespan approach to religious exploration. We 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 will change over time. 

 

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I have developed many adult RE courses, including a Coming of Age for Adults and a Theology on Tap series. I have also developed an intergenerational Campfire Ministry in partnership with youth groups.  

My ministry supports individuals and congregations as we seek to understand and address the imbalances of power and privilege 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. 

Eg. I have developed and led UU history walking tours with young UUs at Harvard. During the tour we uncover ways that our movement has both fulfilled and fallen short of its values of justice and inclusion. Then together, we reflected on visions for the future.

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