Meet Our Minister

Reverend Thomas Perchlik is the interim minister for Cedars UU Church, which serves Bainbridge Island and northern Kitsap County, in Washington state.

Thomas’ ministry centers on creating peace in the soul and the world.  He especially loves the ministry of storytelling, to children and adults.  His spiritual practice is deeply grounded in Buddhism, but he also has a rich understanding of Christian Universalism, Judiasm, Hinduism, neopagan and humanist traditions. His public ministry focuses on building compassion and justice, especially regarding antiracism, civil rights, social inclusion, and righting economic inequity.

Thomas first became acquainted with the Unitarian Universalist Church in 1977. During the following years, he served as an active youth leader along with teens from Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and other parts of the continent. After high school, Thomas received a BA in Humanities from the University of Colorado in 1983. His seminary studies were at the IIiff School of Theology in Denver where he received a Master of Divinity degree in 1990. Rev. Perchlik was ordained in early 1991 and then served congregations in Laramie, Wyoming, Lubbock, Texas, Muncie, Indiana, Saint Louis, Missouri, and Olympia, Washington.

Thomas was born in Colorado and raised in the small city of Greeley. His father was a Political Science teacher and Chair of the Political Studies Department at the University of Northern Colorado and was an active politician; Thomas’s mother was a home maker and real estate agent.  Thomas is the eldest of four children. His brother David lives in Seattle, WA, his sister Laura lives on Vashon Island, WA, and his brother Andrew lives in Vermont. Thomas Perchlik married Amy Genova in 1984. They are the proud parents of two adult daughters, Emily and Molly. In his free time, he plays wooden flutes, gardens, goes hiking among the evergreens and reads science fiction.

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