Rev. Scotty McLennan grew up in Lake Forest, Illinois, in the Presbyterian tradition. He entered Yale University and was drawn to the teaching and influence of Rev. William Sloan Coffin both politically and religiously. A summer spent at an ashram in India introduced him to meditation and Hindu scriptures. Back at Yale he became involved in civil rights and anti-war work while struggling to find his religion. It was Coffin who, after several years, told him that he sounded like a Unitarian Universalist, a direction that seemed a likely match for Scotty.
While pursuing both law and divinity degrees at Harvard, his Yale roommate, cartoonist Garry Trudeau, used a likeness of Scotty as the Rev. Scot Sloan in the comic strip Doonesbury, foreshadowing Scotty’s own path as an activist lawyer and minister. He began as a lawyer in Boston handing welfare, immigration, and other cases for the poor. From that his path opened to a year’s exploration of the natural and spiritual around the world. When he returned he found a new conciliatory and healing legal ministry in Boston. Several years later his wife Ellen mentioned that Tufts University was looking for a University Chaplain and his life path shifted direction again.
Rev. Scotty has published two books: “Finding Your Religion: When the Faith You Grew Up With Has Lost Its Meaning,”, published in 1999, and “Church on Sunday, Work on Monday: The Challenge of Fusing Christian Values with Business Life,” co-authored with Laura Nash and published in 2001.
Rev. Scotty is now the Dean of Religious Life at Stanford University; the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto is honored to endorse him in that position on behalf of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
On Saturday, July 22, 2006, Scotty presented a workshop at UUCPA posing the question "Is the Universe Intelligently Designed?"