Kent Mayfield, M.A. M.Div., M.R.E., Ph.D. , is the pastor of the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Dubuque (IA) and is active in a variety of community activities.
With degrees in theater, literature and theology, Kent Mayfield’s career has been in the ministry and higher education, particularly in diverse, multicultural settings in the US and abroad. His doctoral work was in modern Japanese theater, drawing on years of teaching and study in Japan. Since 1975, he has combined churchly and academic appointments with research and consultant roles in the non-profit sector, especially adult education, the arts, bioethics and end-of-life planning with older adults and their families. Ordained as an American Baptist minister, Mayfield has for some years served congregations in the Unitarian-Universalist tradition.
At the First Unitarian Society of Madison (WI), where he was Executive Minister/Church Administrator prior to his retirement in 2000, he focused attention on the development of CONNECTIONS, a congregation-wide effort to combine membership growth with spiritual development.
At St. John’s On The Lake, where Dr. Mayfield lives with his married partner of 40 years, he is the resident coordinator of an annual symposium on spirituality and aging and the Institute on Aging, the research, education and advocacy arm of St. John’s. He sings with a number of local chamber and larger choral groups and performs occasionally as a still-aspiring actor.
With the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Dubuque, his occasional reflections are drawn not only from the spiritual resources of the world’s religions but the perennial questions of faith and the new/old truths about ourselves, our community and our world.