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Rev Bob LaVallee Barriers to abortion on the state and federal levels have increased in the decades since Roe v. Wade, a trend that is escalating rather than slowing. As we watch with horror the news of the leaked Supreme Court decision and legislation in states like Texas and Florida, it’s important to know that there are theological and spiritual grounds to support reproductive choice. Rev. Bob LaVallee is white, cisgender, heterosexual, and male. He’s from Buffalo, NY, and has lived all over the place. He was an artillery officer in the Marine Corps, served as a civilian contractor in Afghanistan, and trained as a chaplain at the VA in New York City. Prior to the ministry, Bob drove ice cream trucks, led bike tours, managed a homeless shelter, and did a lot of nonprofit management. He was a founding member of the Buffalo, NY, chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice. He relishes the memories of disrupting a Trump campaign rally and occupying the county sheriff’s office.
Bob’s spiritual journey has been less interstate highway and more crooked path. He was raised very Roman Catholic and even wanted to be a priest when he grew up. He’s studied and practiced Buddhism, including stays at the Zen Mountain Monastery in the Catskills region of New York. He attended Meadville Lombard Theological School and was ordained into Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in 2018. Bob has worked as a hospital chaplain in a substance abuse disorder ward, ICU, ER, and hospice. He currently serves as Associate Minister at the First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque. Bob believes that Unitarian Universalism can make us larger, freer, and more loving.