Reverend James Ishmael Ford
Reverend James Ford

Rev. Ford has walked the spiritual path for more than fifty years. He's danced with Sufis, studied with Gnostics, lived in a Buddhist monastery and was ordained a Zen priest. Later he was also ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister and preached from the high pulpits in old New England churches. James has reflected on and written books about spirituality and at the same time has worked in the trenches for social justice.

The UUCA Board of Trustees ratified a contractual agreement with Reverend James Ford to serve as the new part-time "consulting minister" with the UUCA, starting on April 1, 2019.

He is married to Jan Seymour-Ford. Jan is a retired librarian active in various social justice projects, primarily through the UU Church of Long Beach. She is also a senior dharma teacher with Boundless Way Zen. They live with their three-legged cat Cassie in the Alamitos Beach neighborhood of Long Beach, California.
A High School drop-out when James considers what might be his alma mater, he has come to feel it would have to be a combination of those early monastic years blending together with near two decades working in used bookstores up and down the California coast. However, along the way he has earned some degrees.

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James served as a UU parish minister for twenty-five years. He is minister-emeritus of the First Unitarian Church of Providence. He is also an active Zen teacher, currently serving as senior priest for the Empty Moon Zen Sangha.

Reverend Ford will also be conducting regular Zen meditation sessions at the church. See the details -->