The Reverend Dr. Tony Larsen has been the minister at Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church in Racine, Wisconsin since 1975. He was born in South San Francisco, California in 1949; studied to be a Catholic priest for ten years; and was ordained a UU minister in 1975.
Dr. Larsen received his B.A. in philosophy from Maryknoll College (Glen Ellyn, IL); M.A. in Theology from Maryknoll School of Theology (Ossining, NY); and Doctorate of Ministry from Meadville/Lombard Theological School (Chicago, Illinois).
He has written a book entitled Trust Yourself! You Have the Power (Impact Publishers, 1979), authored a UUA curriculum called “A Catechism for Unitarian Universalists” (1988), contributed a chapter on Unitarian Universalist evangelism in Salted With Fire (Skinner House, 1995), and a chapter on financial giving in Everyday Spiritual Practice (Skinner House, 1999).
Reflecting Unitarian Universalism’s commitment to social action, Tony has served on the boards of the Women’s Resource Center, Southeastern Wisconsin AIDS Project, Homeless Association Leadership Organization, Racine Jail Ministry, George Bray Neighborhood Center, Alliance on Mental Illness of Racine County, and the LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin. Through the Racine Interfaith Coalition, Tony is known for leading candlelight prayer vigils whenever there is a homicide. He also writes a monthly column, “Parson to Person” for The Unifier, Olympia Brown UU Church’s monthly newsletter. You can reach him at the church annex at 262-634-0659 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.