Yuri has worked as a musician at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh since 2003. A phone call from a friend led her to this job and the introduction to Unitarian Universalism, which transformed her life. She was raised by anti-religious parents in Japan, and shares her faith journey and racial awakening in the book. She is a pantheist informed by Buddhism and Shintoism, and her most recent faith journey led her to become a follower of Jesus.

Yuri has Ph.D. in Genetics and was a classical pianist and singer for many years. Once she met an improvising musician at a workshop she hosted at her congregation. This encounter completely transformed her into an improvising musician, composer and leader/teacher of group music making. You can listen to her awesome music on YouTube and SoundCloud.

Yuri also writes regularly for her congregation and her blog.