A Buddhist UU Minister’s Journey
Rev. Allen Wells will share his journey as a Unitarian Universalist minister and a practicing Buddhist. He’ll discuss how these faith traditions join to inspire and support him and the people he cares for. He will lead a short meditation, and there will be time for questions.
Allen serves as the Affiliated Community Minister of The Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown, NJ. He is a Buddhist Unitarian Universalist, adept at bridging the internal world of personal, spiritual aspiration with activist oriented work for social justice, environmental sustainability and peace. He maintains a mindfulness based psychotherapy practice in Morristown, NJ, and teaches meditation at Buddhist sanghas. For two decades he directed The Allen Wells Center for Psychotherapy and Healing in Morristown, NJ. and formerly served as a staff psychotherapist for the DiMele Center for Psychotherapy in NYC. He has a Certificate of Completion of the Integrated Study Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, Mass, and holds a postgraduate degree in pastoral counseling from the Institute of Religion and Health in NYC. Allen has served UU congregations in Weymouth, MA, Hollis Queens, The First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn and the First Unitarian Society of Rockland County, NY. He is particularly interested in the interplay between neuroscience and Buddhism. And he loves poetry. He acknowledges that he hasn’t written any books because he says he would rather spend the time ballroom dancing.