Rev. Linda Slabon
Linda S. Slabon, M.Div., MSW, M.A., LCSW has been minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb since fall of 1991. Linda serves the congregation at 70% time. She also works in private practice as a clinical social work therapist.
Rev. Slabon received her B.A. from Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, with majors in speech education and religion. In June of 1985 she received a Masters of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, completing her clinical pastoral education unit at Children’s Memorial and Grant Hospitals in Chicago. Following three years of service as an ordained minister, Linda returned to graduate work at The University of Iowa completing two master’s degrees: Masters in Social Work in 1992 and Masters in American Culture Studies in 1993.
In her role as a clinical social worker, Linda saw clients at the Center for Counseling at the DeKalb Family Service Agency from 1999 to 2008. She then worked at DeKalb County Hospice as a part-time social worker for 3 years, 2008 to 2010. As a therapist Linda’s expertise includes relationship and sexuality issues, gay-lesbian-bi- and transgender concerns, grief, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, and spiritual development. She has led many retreats including Spiritual Retreats for Women and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision's Women's Retreat. She has presented numerous workshops on music, ritual, meditation, and BGLT issues at venues such as professional conferences, UU Womanspirit gatherings, General Assemby, and Central Midwest District Annual Assemblies.
Singing has been part of Linda’s spiritual practice throughout her life. She sings with her congregation’s choir and with Cymbal, a performance group of six Unitarian Universalist women. About their music Cymbal reflects, “We sing of the anger that fuels hope, of violence, and the work for peace. We sing about things we hold sacred, a safe environment and the need to cherish this earth.
Rev. Linda currently serves on the Safe Passage Board of Directors, the domestic violence and sexual assault agency for DeKalb County. She also serves on the Board of the Welcome Café and Community Kitchen. She is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Minister’s Association, The Illinois Counseling Association (Divisions including Justice, Spirituality, and GLBT), the National Association of Social Workers, and the DeKalb Area Women’s Center.
Linda claims that these are things uplift her soul (NOT in any particular order): Meditation and prayer, gardening, her spouse Toni, so much music, poetry, movies, pesto on almost anything, UUFD folks, science fiction and fantasy novels, all written works by Barbara Kingsolver and Mary Oliver, and travel to places that open the soul.
“Engaging in Spiritual Practice: Beginnings in Meditation and Life Balance” and “Safety For All: Respect For, And Response To, Religious Beliefs on Gay and Lesbian Issues,” Illinois Counseling Association State Conference, Itasca, IL , November, 2001.
“Meditation Techniques: Beginnings in Spiritual Practice,” A continuing education workshop offered at the Center for Counseling, DeKalb, IL, October, 2001.
“Free From Fear: A Safe School Environment,” Institute Day for administrators and teachers of Illinois School District U-46, Elgin, IL, March 2001
“Silence Equals Violence: From Slurs to Hate Crimes in Schools,” Illinois Counseling Association State Conference, Springfield, IL, November, 2000.
“Feminism and Religious Pluralism,” Empowering Women II Conference, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL , November 1993.