Only Connect

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Rev. Dr. Larry Peers, Director of the Pastoral Excellence Network;
Celebrant: Carla Hicklin.

“Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon,” wrote E.M. Forrester in the book, Howard’s End. In a time when we can hardly avoid the interconnections of our lives or the inseparability of social issues—what could it mean for us, as Forrester adds in a later verse, to “Live in fragments no longer.” This could be at the heart of what it means to “be human religiously.”

Rev. Dr. Lawrence Peers works with clergy and lay leaders across many faith traditions and serves as a Director of Learning of the Pastoral Excellence Network (PEN). Larry served as a senior consultant with the Alban Institute for 11 years, and prior to that as the Director of Congregational Development for the Unitarian Universalist Association. He holds a doctoral degree in organizational change from Pepperdine University and a D.Min. in congregational studies from Hartford Seminary, where he has also served as adjunct faculty. He earned master’s degrees at Boston University (theology) and Antioch University (developmental clinical psychology) and a B.A. at Eckerd College.