Reverend Robert Francis Murphy
Our minister is Rev. Robert Francis Murphy. Bob describes himself as being a minister in Paradise. He acknowledges that there are some challenges in Paradise. Patience, wisdom, and kindness are always needed.

"Our church is a good Samaritan church," comments Rev. Murphy. "I'm a new minister in a long tradition. Religious leaders in our tradition bring individuals together and we ask people to care for their neighbors and their environment. If you know the good Samaritan story, you have some understanding of who we are and what we're trying to do."

Rev. Murphy helps people in different faith traditions - and people who are "spiritual but not religious" - with their wedding ceremonies, memorial services, and community gatherings. For more than twenty years, Bob has been an officiant at same-gender weddings.

Bob is a peacemaker but he's a bit unusual. In 2011, Rev. Murphy received a Special Service Award from the national Sierra Club. Our minister was honored for more than forty years of what is now called "environmental justice ministry." Bob's combination of human rights advocacy with environmental protection work has taken him to Ethiopia, the Middle East, Ireland and England, and to Cuba, and to other places in the world. He helped to launch the Green Sanctuary program during the early 1990s and he worked with Rev. Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley to prepare the Unitarian Universalist "Environmental Justice" statement in 1994.

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In 1995, Rev. Murphy received his Master of Divinity degree from the Harvard Divinity School. He has a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University. In his community work, Bob has long been involved with child and elder advocacy, disability rights work, and emergency services. During an era of climate change, he encourages young people and older people to work together.

Bob was a circuit riding minister in North Carolina during the 1990s. From the year 2000 to the autumn of 2015, he was a minister on Cape Cod, on the coast of Massachusetts. He received awards from the NAACP and the Red Cross. He joined our congregation in 2015.

Bob is married to Helen (Lyn) Dalzell, who is a physician's assistant with a background in social work. Lyn is a Florida naturalist who has received her training through the University of Florida's county extension program. She has been active in community gardening programs in Dunedin, Tarpon Springs, and other communities.

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