Peter Morales is president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in Boston, Massachusetts. Elected in June 2009, as its first Latino president, he acts as principal spokesperson and minister-at-large. The UUA combines two traditions: the Universalists, who organized in 1793; and the Unitarians, who organized in 1825. Both groups trace their roots in North America to the early Massachusetts settlers and to the founders of the Republic.
In July 2010, Morales was arrested for nonviolent civil disobedience while protesting ongoing human rights violations of a Maricopa County Sheriff in Phoenix, Arizona. More than a year later, he was tried and convicted for his public witness actions, using the opportunity to speak publicly against the rising tide of anti-immigrant sentiment and draconian immigration laws in the United States.
Prior to his UUA position, Morales served as the senior minister at the Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden, Colorado. Before entering the ministry, he was a Fulbright lecturer in Spain, a newspaper editor and publisher in Oregon, and a Knight International Press Fellow in Peru.
Morales grew up in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated with a BA from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, earned his master's in American Studies from the University of Kansas, and his MDiv from the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California. Morales and his wife, Phyllis, have been married for more than 40 years, have two adult children, and live in Salem, Massachusetts.