The Rev. Felix Carrion is the coordinator of the "Still Speaking" initiative of the United Church of Christ, headquartered in Cleveland, OH.
The Rev. Felix Carrion is the coordinator of the "Still Speaking" initiative of the United Church of Christ, headquartered in Cleveland, OH. He was pastor of Euclid Avenue Church of Christ, Cleveland, and interim minister at Faith United Church of Christ, Richmond Heights, OH.
Carrion, pastor of Euclid Avenue Congregational UCC in Cleveland 2003-2008, is a former member of the UCC's national staff. From 1994 to 2000, he provided leadership for the implementation of the UCC's multiracial, multicultural church pronouncement while working jointly with the former Office for Church in Society and the Commission for Racial Justice. Before that, he worked for the former Office for Church Life and Leadership in the Middle Atlantic region. He also has served local church pastorates in Ohio and Massachusetts.
Since 2006, Carrion has been heavily involved with the progressive clergy networks, "We Believe Ohio" and "We Believe Greater Cleveland." A 1986 graduate of UCC-related Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, he received his B.A. from The King's College in New York.
In one of Walt Whitman's poems there are words that have reached me deeply, and I want to share these with you:
Each of us is inevitable,
Each of us limitless,
Each of us with his or her right upon the earth,
Each of us allowed the eternal purport of the earth,
Each of us here as divinely as any is here.
In his essay "Spiritual Laws" Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote:
"The lesson is forcibly taught by these observations that our life might be much easier and simpler than we make it; that the world might be a happier place than it is; that there is no need of struggles, convulsions, and despairs, of the wringing of the hands and the gnashing of the teeth; that we miscreate our own evils....Whenever we get this vantage point...of a wiser mind in the present, we are able to discern that we are begirt with laws which execute themselves.... Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which animates all whom it floats, and you are without effort impelled to truth, to right and a perfect contentment."Read full transcript...