Rev. Kent Matthies

Rev. Kent Matthies

A life-long Unitarian Universalist, Kent came to USG in 2002, bringing a vision for the church to “empower people as disciples of love.”  During his sabbatical in 2017 Kent was trained in a Mindfulness Practicum at the Jefferson Myrna-Brind Center for Integrative Medicine for professionals who integrate mindfulness in their professional practice.  Kent is excited to bring increased mindfulness presence and leadership to many areas of his ministry going forward.

Kent currently represents Unitarian Universalism on The Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia.  The Council was founded in March 2006 aiming to build relationships of mutual support, identify issues of concern for dialogue and action, offer a moral and spiritual voice in the region, and identify issues of concern for dialogue and action.  The Council is the first of its kind in the city, with more than 30 member communities, representing more than two million people of diverse faith traditions from across the greater Philadelphia region.

In recent years Kent worked on the Philadelphia Mayor’s Task Force to reduce violence in Philadelphia, co-chaired our USG Dr. King Day of Service, which mobilizes over 500 volunteers per year and served as President of the Board of Directors of the Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network.

Currently, Kent works as Lead of the USG Ministerial Executive Team, which helps to implement the ongoing operations of the church.  Kent plays a strong leadership role in our Staff, Worship Arts, Caring Team and Small Group Ministry (SGM) at USG, all of which includes fun collaboration with outstanding leaders.  Kent preaches 2 or 3 times per month and at least monthly on the spiritual theme of the month.  The SGM program is open for members and friends who would like to connect with others and explore their spirituality.

Fluent in Spanish, Kent worked with refugees in southern Mexico, Latino gang members in Chicago and UU ministers in El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico.  Kent lives in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia with his wife Kristin and their two sons, Micah and Ellis.  Among his hobbies Kent loves to play tennis, do yoga, read novels, dance and listen to jazz.