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Reverend Jeff Jones

Rev. Jeff Jones

As an Atlanta native, I was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister in 1998 after graduating from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. After serving congregations part-time in Georgia and Alabama, I subsequently served as the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg, Virginia, for nine years.

Called to serve the Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation by a vote of the congregation in May 2010, I moved to Marietta in June 2010 with my wife, Carol Buffum, an attorney, mediator, and ESOL teacher. Our son, Mykell Buffum, currently lives in Arizona and is studying to become a Paramedic.

My own journey with Unitarian Universalism speaks of my own strong appreciation of our faith tradition. In 1989, as a Software Engineer, I was looking for a religion that valued intellectual integrity. I discovered this and also found a faith tradition that touched the heart and encouraged me to deeper spiritual understanding. I have now been on a most wonderful spiritual journey for more than twenty years.

My personal interests include time with family and friends, playing volleyball and tennis, walking, being a vegan, and Spanish language, history, and culture.

In the course of my own personal and spiritual growth as a Unitarian Universalist, I have developed the commitments below. Admittedly, some are easier to follow than others and there are moments when I fall short. And yet, as African-American theologian Howard Thurman writes, “keep fresh before me the moments of my High Resolve, that in good times or in tempests, I may not forget that to which my life is committed.”
  •  Live these commitments responsibly, not rigidly.
  • Speak with kindness especially in disagreement.
  • Cultivate loving thoughts and deeds.
  • Eat and drink in moderation.
  • Have compassion for all sentient beings.
  • Where possible, travel by foot, bicycle, or public transportation.
  • Share in the earth’s abundance (have few possessions).
  • Show genuine appreciation for the work (ministry) of others.
  • Live in modest housing.
  • Work with integrity in moderate amounts.
  • Cherish time with family and friends.
  • Laugh often.
  • Seek passion for living.
  • Embrace death as a natural part of life.
  • Serve others and enjoy life.
  • Celebrate healthy sexuality.
  • Affirm the worth of self and others, independent of accomplishment.
  • Seek wisdom not knowledge.
I hope you will visit Emerson where you will be warmly welcomed. I invite you to join us on an amazing spiritual journey as we search together to gain greater understanding of ourselves, the Spirit of Life, and as we seek to discover the sacred in daily living. Please do not hesitate to contact me.

A Final Word: As Unitarian Universalists, we are not searching for the “right” answers to life’s questions but we are searching for deeper understanding in a spirit of mutual respect as we explore together (in community) the joys and challenges of life. At the same time, we strive to create a better world through service and advocacy.