The Incredible Gift of Open Hearted Listening

Theologian Mary Pellauer tells us, “If there is anything worth calling theology, it is listening to people’s stories – listening to them and honoring them, and cherishing them, and asking them to become even more brightly beautiful than they already are.” Join us on May 20th to hear Rev. Mathews’s experiences as a minister, chaplain, and friend as we explore of the astounding power and healing that can come through full-hearted listening to others as they share their stories, questions, beliefs, and experiences.

Rev. Dottie Mathews is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister who served as the Associate Minister of the Fox Valley UU Fellowship in  Appleton, WI, before her move into community ministry when she accepted the role of Workplace Chaplain for Goodwill of North Central Wisconsin. There she served the spiritual and emotional needs of the 1500 people who worked for Goodwill across 35 Wisconsin counties.

In 2015, Dottie and her spouse, Rosie Geiser, relocated to Columbia, MO after they joyfully took on the title of “retiree.” They have been very happily exploring what retirement looks like for them and both are finding many ways to volunteer in mid-Missouri. Dottie & Rosie are active members of the UU Church of Columbia and Dottie has found that working with the interfaith group, Faith Voices, in service of our immigrant friends and neighbors has become a primary focus of her current community ministry.