Valerie and her spouse Bill have a daughter in hospitality management in TN, a son in medical residency in Detroit, and two granddaughters ages 20 and 2.
Nancy Owen Nelson has been a member of First UU Detroit since the Spring of 2012.
She has been a college English professor and has published research and creative work.
Order of Service This summer, I was scheduled to lead a workshop at the UU General Assembly which would explore how we are, as a nation, both more inter-religious and increasingly secular concurrently.
I will offer a sermon-sized examination of this topic.
In this new age of remarkable medical technologies and pharmaceutical wonders, it matters greatly that we think about death and dying, and how we want to confront these inevitable matters.
My sermon will deal with some of these issues, based on more than 45 years of pastoral experience and 79 years of just living!Order of Service Typically in a city like Detroit, a celebration of Labor Day evokes hard hats and assembly lines, but when I was a member of the UAW, I worked in a public school for emotionally impaired children in Inkster.Traditional concepts of "labor" have changed as off-shoring and mechanization advance, but what about all of the other ways we work? Valerie Mapstone Ackerman was ordained by First UU Detroit in 1998 after completing an internship here with The Rev. Ministry was a second career for Valerie following a career in social work.Are these labors of love and necessity worthy of celebrating too? She has degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Michigan, and Meadville Lombard Theological School.She has served UU congregations in MI, OH, IL, PA, OK, TX, KS, AR, VT, & NY.She has received international acclaim as a singer with Parliament/Funkadelic and is one of The Brides of Funkenstein. Shakoor will share her storytelling and musical talents with the congregation.