Rev. Cynthia P. Cain:  Biographical Information.

Rev. Cynthia Cain was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry in 1995 after graduation from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. Before she was called to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington, (UUCL), in 1999, she served congregations in Winchester, VA and Loudoun County, VA, and was settled in Riverside, CA where she served the Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside for three years. In Riverside, she was recognized for her work in anti-racism, and was at the forefront of protests against the shooting by police of a young Black woman named Tyisha Miller in December 1998. The Reverend Jesse Jackson shared her pulpit in February of 1999 when he came to Riverside to lead a march demanding justice for Tyisha's death. The officers involved were eventually fired. Rev. Cain was named "Woman of the Year" by the Black Voice News in 1999.

Rev. Cain has been active in interfaith activities in Lexington, where she helped start and was the first President of The Interfaith Alliance of the Bluegrass (TIA), a local affiliate of the national TIA based in Washington, DC. The mission of TIA is to counter the narrow agenda of the Religious Right with an interfaith response. TIA Bluegrass, under Rev. Cain's leadership, has held numerous public forums and events, including "Faces of Faith", a community celebration in July 2003 to counter the "patriotic" rallies held at Applebees Park in 2002.

During her ministry in Lexington, the church has involved over 120 members in Small Group (Covenant Group) Ministries, and has grown considerably in the number of programs and involvement of members both within the church and in the greater community. She has participated with lay leaders in two mission trips to Ecuador, traveled to Geneva for the 450th anniversary of the death of Unitarian martyr Michael Servetus, and journeyed thrice to Transylvania where UUCL has a small partner congregation that has been Unitarian since 1568. In 2008, she was invited to join other local clergy in an Interfaith Dialogue Trip to Turkey sponsored by the Istanbul Cultural Center.

She has helped organize community service and advocacy efforts including Bluegrass Adopt A Minefield, restoration of the African Cemetery, Katrina Rebuilding Teams, and responses to gang violence, immigration injustices, and more. Rev. Cain's greatest interest remains racial justice, and she served for two years on the Fayette County Blue Ribbon Panel for Closing the Achievement Gap: "One Community, One Voice." Currently, Rev. Cain is working closely with the UU Community of Frankfort (www.frankfortuu.org), which was named an Emerging Congregation in 2008.

Born in Southern New Jersey on a five acre farmette, Cynthia grew up in a large family of step and half siblings after the sudden death of her mother when she was five. She graduated from Rancocas Valley Regional High School and received both a BA and an MA from Trenton State College, (now College of New Jersey) in English Literature. She taught high school for five years before the birth of her first child, after which she stayed home to care for her two sons, Casey and Colin.  During these years she was a La Leche League leader, an Emergency Medical Technician (volunteer), and a CPR instructor. After a divorce in 1988, Cynthia joined the UU Church in Cherry Hill, NJ. She entered seminary in 1991, married her husband Eric Amon in 1992, and welcomed daughter Marjorie and son Seth.

Rev. Cain's interests range from yoga to Buddhist study and practice to hiking and travel. She is a fiction writer and is currently enrolled in the Spalding University MFA program for Creative Writing. She and Eric have purchased a 26 acre farm in Washington County, Kentucky, which they hope to turn into a retreat/study center for activism, meditation, and sustainability.

 
 
 
 
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