Rev. Thomas Marston Perchlik

Reverend Thomas Perchlik is the lead minister of the First Unitarian Church of Saint Louis, where he has served since August of 2011. Thomas brings to his ministry a an interest in Hindu and Buddhist thought and practice, as well as a love of nature. His ministry centers on peace and justice making, especially in terms of environmental justice, antiracism, and righting economic inequity.

Thomas first became acquainted with the Unitarian Universalist Church in 1977. Serving the church as an active youth leader, he worked with teens from Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and other parts of the continent. After high school, Thomas attended college in Greeley and Boulder, Co. He received a BA in Humanities from the University of Colorado in 1983. His seminary studies were at the IIiff School of Theology in Denver where he received a Master of Divinity degree in 1990. Rev. Perchlik was ordained in early 1991 and served congregations in Laramie, Wyoming and Lubbock, Texas.

Thomas was born in Colorado and raised in the small city of Greeley. His father was a political science teacher at the University of Northern Colorado and his mother was a home maker. She now works as a real estate agent in Greeley. Thomas was the eldest of four children. His brother David lives in Seattle, WA, his sister Laura lives on Vashon Island, WA, and his brother Andrew lives in Vermont. Thomas Perchlik married Amy Genova in 1984. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Emily and Molly. In his free time he plays wooden flutes, goes hiking in the woods, and reads science fiction.

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1 Comment »

  1. Ibsen Birgers said,

    Hello Tom.

    This is Ib, sending greetings from Pueblo. Good gravy, how long ago was that? But never mind that.
    I was looking for recent stuff about the Principles and Purposes when I came across your name. I’m facilitating a study group on the Principles and its congruency with sages both now and before. The text, so to speak, is Tolle’s New Earth, but I also toss in some Buddhism, Ken Wilber, Course in Miracles, and Meister Eckhart. That’s more than enough!! I organize it from session to session as coming up with a “lesson plan” was impossible. The plan unfolds as it unfolds. An other objective is to introduce UUs to the rational transformational religious message. The “Course”, incidently, and you may know this, is a marvelous text on ego psychology and its dysfunctionality.

    Best regards, Ib and Midge

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