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Reverend Amanda Aikman — “To feel as if you belong is one of the great triumphs of human existence — and especially to sustain a life of belonging and to invite others into that. But we are the one part of creation that knows what it’s like to live in exile. The ability to turn your face towards home is one of the great human endeavours and the great human stories.” – David Whyte
Rev. Amanda Aikman has served Unitarian Universalist churches in Washington State since 1994. She retired in June, 2016, after serving South Fraser Unitarian Congregation in Surrey, B.C. for more than four years, but continues speaking and serving a number of UU congregations in the Pacific Northwest.
She has won more than a dozen national sermon contests, including a Templeton competition for works on science and religion and the Borden sermon contest.
Rev. Aikman is a playwright, author, a Spiritual Director and a Joyfulness Consultant, helping individuals and groups add joy to their everyday lives.
Her interests include sketching in nature, salsa music, and Euro-style board games. She adores airships and once took a ride in a zeppelin. She lives in Everett, WA with Nancy, a chemistry teacher, and Mousehole, a frighteningly intelligent tabby-cat.