About Rev. Dr. Alexa Fraser
Rev. Alexa believes there are endless possibilities for connecting with the Divine. Rev. Meg Riley named Alexa’s call as “healing brokenness and isolation for congregants and within congregations.” Rev. Alexa:
- is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and a former Quaker.
- holds a Masters in Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry.
- has a certificate of Spiritual Direction from the Chaplaincy Institute.
- prior to pursuing her call to ministry, Rev. Alexa was a senior environmental researcher. Rev. Alexa’s PhD is in environmental science and she holds a Masters in International Affairs.
- has been a Unitarian Universalist since 1998.
- is a community organizer and is passionate about the importance of community building and interpersonal relationships.
- is on the steering committee for the Montgomery County Lynching Memorial Project (MoCoMP) and on the county’s Rememberance and Reconciliation Commission. In these roles she is working to commemorate the three known lynchings in this county through soil collections, markers and memorial installations.
- has served as an interim minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling, VA; at the First Unitarian Church of Lynchburg, VA; and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie, NY.
Joy and fun for Rev. Alexa and everyone who sees her – here is Rev. Alexa in the UULove mobile.
UU Love is a double or even triple entendre.
- By UULove Rev. Alexa invites you to love yourself (U love U).
- She also make reference to Unitarian Universalist (or UU) faith. Unitarians were independent thinking Protestants who worked hard in their search for religious truth, developing a non-creedal faith. Universalists believed that God loved each of us too much to condemn us to hell. UULove from that perspective focuses on the message of love conveyed by the new post Christian faith that came out of the merger of these two traditions.
- The triple entendre comes from Rev. Alexa’s deep love of the UU faith, which confidently states “we do not have to think alike to love alike.”
Alexa is a potter and quilter. Some images are below.
Rev. Alexa had a really good first career. She was respected for what she did as a public health researcher, and she loved most of it. The honeymoon for that old life didn’t end until about 25 years in. And even after the honeymoon ended, her job, her life with the job and her feeling of daily accomplishment were still pretty good.
But she came to realize she wanted something more. She wanted to operate in the realm of the spirit, and feelings and whole people (certainly often wounded, but people with hearts and histories and soulful asperations). All in her old life were thinkers that had taken the world down to its essential analytic elements. But she wanted heart, personal history, a spiritual journey, and to share with others who also prioritized those non-head parts of themselves. She wanted to be in and run meetings where the meeting stops, total change of direction, when someone shares a sorrow of someone’s parent who died a day or so ago. She wanted to live in a world where hearts break open once again at the wonder and awe of it all.