WUULF 2023 Speaker & Minister

Theme Speaker: Rev. Bob LaVallee

Rev. Bob LaVallee serves First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque as Associate Minister. Prior to that he served as Interim Minister at South Valley UU Society outside Salt Lake City, UT. Bob was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and returned there while in seminary at Meadville Lombard Theological School. In between rooting for the Bills and shoveling snow, Bob was on the core leadership committee for the Buffalo chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice. Bob is a former Marine Corps Artillery Officer and trained as a chaplain at the Veterans Administration Hospital in New York City. Bob loves Ghost Ranch and is thrilled to be joining the WUULF community. 

Rev. Bob will be leading us in a series of “Creating Theology Together” workshops.

Community Minister: Rev. Addae Ama Kraba

Reverend Addae Ama Kraba (she/her) was ordained in the Unitarian Universalist Denomination, after earning a Master of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California. Prior to attending seminary, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco. Rev. Addae began her ministry with a call to the First Universalist Church of Southold, New York. This established her as the first minister of color to settle in the congregation’s 150-year history.

She has served at all levels of the denomination, beginning with the Committee for Antiracism, Anti-Oppression and Multiculturalism of the Unitarian Universalist Minister’s Association, trustee on the board of the Murray Grove Retreat and Conference Center in Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey, and the board of the Joseph Priestly District.  She currently serves the Unitarian Universalists of New Braunfels.

As adjunct faculty Rev. Addae taught classes on “Sacred Rest” and “Her Story: African Goddess’s” at Starr King School for the Ministry. She has published work in “She is Everywhere, Vol II an anthology of Writing in Womanist/Feminist Spirituality, Lifting Our Voices, Readings in The Living Tradition, Voices from The Margins an anthology of Meditations, and Conversations with the Sacred, a collection of prayers”.