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Marilyn SewellThe Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell is an accomplished Unitarian Universalist minister, and a respected writer, leader, activist, and speaker. She is an Adjunct Fellow at the Attic Institute, a literary think tank and visual arts studio in Portland, Oregon that is a haven for writers and artists. She teaches on the adjunct faculty of Maitripa, a Buddhist college in Portland. Learn more about Marilyn.

Marilyn is the subject of the award-winning documentary film Raw Faith and contributes regularly to The Huffington Post. She has authored and edited ten books, including her new memoir, Raw Faith: Following the Thread.

Marilyn is available as a speaker and workshop presenter for large and small groups. Her warmth, insight and humor enable her to connect with a wide range of audiences.

Praise for Marilyn Sewell’s memoir, Raw Faith: Following the Thread:

“This book describes a very human, often daily struggle to find meaning and connection. Profoundly moving… certainly among the first really modern spiritual memoirs.”
— Susan Griffin, author of Woman and Nature


“Fascinating and at times harrowing personal history. Candid, witty, compelling…”
— Paulann Petersen, former Oregon Poet Laureate


“…eminently readable and engaging throughout…  A heartfelt, thoughtful and deeply honest memoir.”
— Kirkus Review


Written in luminous lines, her story can help to break you open to the raw human faith that will guide you to greater wholeness and compassion.”
— John Buehrens, Former President, UUA

Praise for Marilyn Sewell and the documentary film Raw Faith:


Thank you for your willingness to be so open, honest and vulnerable. I think that we are all uplifted when we connect through our tender places and deep humanity.”


Your father said for you to ‘Give ‘em hell.’ I suspect that may be Louisiana talk for ‘lead them to salvation,’ and this you have done, and are doing, and will continue to do for a very long time.”


This was one of the best film watching experiences of my life. I wept, I laughed, I cringed, I soared.”


I recently had the great privilege of watching your documentary Raw Faith. I wept through the whole viewing. Thank you for being so honest… You showed me that someone’s strength can be seen in their struggle. Not only is your success inspiring but also your vulnerability..”