Rev. Israel Buffardi

Rev. Israel Buffardi

Rev. Israel Buffardi

Rev. Israel Buffardi

UUCL Minister

Rev. Israel Buffardi

UUCL Minister

Ministry to me means empowering communities and individuals, as together we courageously and imperfectly practice living into our visions of love and justice.

I believe that slowing down to reflect and connect with others in the community is a radical act in a hectic, disconnected world. I am an artist, gardener, cook, proud papa, and Unitarian Universalist minister.

Ministry to me means empowering communities and individuals, as together we courageously and imperfectly practice living into our visions of love and justice.

Of course, you don’t have to be a minister to do those things, though it was only after experiencing a call to UU ministry, that I realized that I had been pursuing a deep spiritual longing through much of my work for a long time. Whether I was cooking and delivering meals to elders with refugee teens, facilitating Theatre of the Oppressed workshops with incarcerated youth and community members, or supporting antiracist work, my work has always been motivated by the same calling: building community, nourishing meaningful spiritual reflection, and inspiring others to act in love.

My preparation for ministry includes earning an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School, as well as completing ministerial internships in North Andover, MA and Portland, ME, as well as a clinical pastoral chaplaincy internship in Lewiston, ME.

I come to Lancaster from Oregon, after serving as Assistant Minister for Religious Exploration at the UU Fellowship of Corvallis, though I am a native of Providence, RI. It was from my childhood experience growing up in an Italian-American community where food and community went hand-in-hand that I draw a deep commitment to the spiritual practice of the welcome table. Some of my other spiritual practices include community gardening and swimming when I am able to get to the ocean.

I have been married since 2013 to my partner Abigail, who is a social worker and licensed trauma therapist. We welcomed our first child, Nicola, the love of our lives, in 2019, and are so excited to be here in Lancaster!