Rev. Israel Buffardi

Associate Minister for Member and Community Engagement

Rev. Israel Buffardi’s ministry at UUCSR began on August 1, 2023.

Rev. Buffardi became a minister because he believes that slowing down to reflect, connect, and celebrate life in community is a radical act in our culture. So his ministry is centered on facilitating opportunities for people to cultivate, tend, and nourish their roots in community, at the welcome table, and in connection with the Earth. He joins the ministry team at UUCSR to facilitate the deepening of such community connections and hospitality.

Rev. Israel is originally from Providence, RI, and has prior ministry experience at UU congregations in Nova Scotia, Pennsylvania, and Oregon. He earned an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and has as an eclectic mix of prior experience in the theatre, the specialty coffee and culinary arts industries, and has also worked teaching gardening and nutrition education with children and adults. 

Rev. Israel’s motivating philosophy:

  • Community connects & nourishes.
  • Nature heals & Wonder grounds.
  • The knowledge of this One Wild & Precious Life inspires intentionality & presence.
  • Love demands collective action for Justice as well as personal transformation and growth.
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