Adam Robersmith

One of the themes of my life is bridging difference. I was raised in a Lutheran church with Universalist theology at home. I have always been drawn to science, religion, and art, seeking to make meaning in many ways. I am a country person by nature, but I serve an urban congregation. I am a practical person who loves to work with my hands, as well as a scholar who loves to use my mind. I love leading worship and teaching in a congregation, but cherish solitude and one-on-one conversation. I am a Unitarian Universalist and a Druid in the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA).

Following this both/and path has led me into training as a neurobiologist, educator, storyteller, clergyperson, and artist. I began my path into ministry as a staff advisor and chaplain for a Pagan ministry at Cornell University through Cornell United Religious Work. I now serve as the Parish Minister of Second Unitarian Church in Chicago IL, entering my eighth year in that congregation, for a total of nearly 12 years in parish ministry. I have been working with people individually as a spiritual director for more than 10 years. I serve on the leadership council of the AODA, called the Grand Grove, as an archdruid and as the preceptor of the AODA's clergy organization, the Gnostic Celtic Church. 

Beyond my religious vocation, I have performed, created, and taught as an artist in various media with over 30 years of arts and performance experience. Trained in classical vocal techniques, I have worked extensively in jazz and folk/Irish styles, and studied harp both in the USA and Ireland. My storytelling includes stories from around the world, told with awareness of the stories' source and cultural context. I have performed in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Europe, and the Caribbean. I am a writer and poet, with fiction, non-fiction, and poetry appearing in local, regional, national, and web publications. Having lived on the same land for over 10 years, I have been able to transform my lawn into a productive, beautiful garden and expand my fiber arts from knitting and tailoring to include spinning and weaving as well.

I am a graduate of Cornell University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology with concentrations in Neurobiology and Behavior, Anthropology, and English. I earned a Masters of Divinity with concentrations in contemplative spirituality and Universalist history at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA. I became a certified Spiritual Director after having trained at the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction at the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tuscon, AZ. I received my Permaculture Design Certificate from The Resiliency Institute in Naperville, IL in 2015. I look forward to graduating from Chicago Theological Seminary in May 2017 with my Doctor of Ministry degree, having studied spiritual formation and written a thesis on formation in liberal religious seminaries.