Leslie Takahashi

Affiliated Faculty
M.Div., Meadville Lombard Theological School
M.A., Duke University
B.A., University of North Carolina

Leslie currently serves as Senior Minister at the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Walnut Creek, California.

Her first career was in journalism, where she devoted her energies to educational and equity issues-including leadership training and economic development-primarily with non-profit organizations. She is a past congregational President, chair of social action and canvass, religious education teacher for adults and children, and member of a Committee on Ministry.

She is a co-author of The Arc of the Universe is Long, Skinner House 2009, which chronicles the recent history of the UUA's journey toward becoming an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural movement. The Arc of the Universe is Long covers the fourteen years that begin with the passage of the racial and cultural diversity resolution at Calgary, in Canada, in 1992 and traces developments through General Assembly 2006.  She is also currently editing a book on Universalist theological heritage.

Leslie is one of the faculty members for the Congregational and Leadership Studies Signature Courses.