A place to Connect, Grow, and Serve
Linda's life has been committed to community building, through arts, education, service, and justice-making. She has answered various calls to leadership in service to the needs of her communities. Prior to entering the ministry, she was a singer-songwriter, a counselor to new mothers, an editor of liturgical and musical resources for the Lutheran Church in America, a teacher and arts educator, a director of a community theatre and a large summer camp, and president of a human services organization in Fairfax County. She served as a Director of Religious Education while she studied for the ministry.
She was ordained at the Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church in Alexandria, Va., in 1997. Before coming to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Va., she served as Minister of Religious Education at Mt. Vernon.
Linda is a supporter of families and children, and has been a leader for education reform, women's health rights, peace education, and sexuality education. She was instrumental in founding and supporting the growth of a broadbased power organization working for justice for poor and immigrant people in Northern Virginia – VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement). She feels honored to connect with the UUCA leaders who support the Mayan people in Guatemala, through visits to that country, support of “accompaniers” to keep the people there safe, and contributions to the education of youth through scholarships and mentorships.
Nationally, Rev. Peebles has been a leader for Unitarian Universalism. She has served LREDA, the Liberal Religious Education Association, in a number of roles. She was elected to serve two 4-year terms on the denominational Board of Trustees of the UU Association. She has led in the work of anti-racism, serving on the national Journey Towards Wholeness Transformation Team. Her seminary, her professional organizations, and her denomination have all called on her to help nurture excellence in religious leadership. She has been a faculty member of UU Leadership Schools, at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, and at Wesley Seminary in Washington, DC; she has served on the national UU credentialing committees for religious educators and for ministers; and she now serves on the Board of the 1,800-member UU Ministers Association, currently as its President.
She is a recipient of numerous awards, and in 2013 received the Angus McLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education, the UUA's highest accolade in that field.
Linda, the daughter of a UCC minister and chaplain, spent a decade studying and practicing with a Buddhist teacher and sangha. She found her way to a religious home in UUism, and says that her mission is “To empower all souls to be co-creators of the beloved community.” Helping others become powerful artists of their lives is the common thread that weaves together all her interests, in art, music, education, justice-making, pastoral care, and service. She is inspired by community builders who have come before us, reminding us that through connections and partnerships, we can come together to make the change we dream of.
Linda holds a BA from the College of Wooster, in Ohio, and a Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Divinity from the Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary.
Originally from the Midwest (Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio), she has lived in Virginia for over 30 years. She loves creating and listening to music, film and visual art, spending time in nature, sitting by campfires, and staying in touch with friends. Most of her rare free time is spent enjoying being with her wonderful family, almost all of whom live in Northern Virginia. Linda is married to Dale, a scientist and Buddhist meditation instructor. They live in Mt. Vernon, and have three grown children and an amazing 2-year-old granddaughter.