Parish Minister – Pastor Jacqueline Duhart

Parish Minister - Pastor Jacqueline Duhart The Reverend Jacqueline Duhart has a Masters of Divinity from the Starr King School of Ministry and is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. Prior to moving back to the Bay Area she was a Community Ministerial Intern with Unity Church Unitarian in St. Paul, Minnesota. There she was a pastoral associate with the pastoral care team. Among her primary responsibilities were working with the neighborhood block nursing program called Summit University Living at Home, co-facilitating the church’s anti-racism leadership team, and directing the youth religious education program “Our Whole Lives.”

Rev. Jacqueline has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work from Baylor University and the University of Texas. She spent more than 20 years as a social worker for the U.S. Air Force, where she spent time on the ground as a chaplain in Iraq during the first Gulf War. Rev. Jacqueline has spent many years serving a justice ministry outside of traditional faith. Among her extensive justice work, she was a health educator and community trainer with Standing Together Against Rape in Anchorage, a member of Anchorage Domestic Violence Task Force, and a board member of Planned Parenthood of Alaska where she was instrumental in the 30% increase of funds over a three-year period.

Rev. Jacqueline Duhart can be contacted at revjacqueline@uuoakland.org.

Associate Minister for Faith Development – Rev. Sheri Prud’homme

Associate Minister for Faith Development - Rev. Sheri Prud'homme The Reverend Sheri Prud’homme received her Masters of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry in 1999 and her Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in 2016. She has served the Pacific Central District of the Unitarian Universalist Association and our congregations in Davis and Berkeley as a Minister of Religious Education. She co-founded and co-directs Chalice Camp, a summer day camp for Unitarian Universalists that has been serving children and youth in the East Bay Area for 15 years. She has served on the adjunct faculty of Starr King School for the Ministry for over a decade, teaching Ecothe@logies, 19th Century Unitarians and Nature, Introduction to Liberal Religious Education, Our Theological House: Unitarian Universalist Theologies, and Ministry with Children and Youth. For nine years prior to her serving at First Unitarian she directed Woolsey Children’s School, a preschool in Berkeley. Her academic work and publications are in the areas of theologies of nature among 19th century Unitarians and Universalists and Pacific Coast Unitarian and Universalist history. She has worked for many years on issues connected to environmental justice and anti-racism in Unitarian Universalism.

She is delighted to be partnering with Rev. Jacqueline Duhart and many faithful congregants to carry out the mission and ministry of First Unitarian. Rev. Sheri Prud’homme can be contacted at revsheri@uuoakland.org.

Affiliated Community Minister – Reverend Mary Foran

Rev. Mary ForanThe Reverend Mary Foran was ordained a Unitarian Universalist minister by the First Unitarian Church of Oakland in 2011. She received her Master of Divinity from the Starr King School for the Ministry in 2010. She is delighted to be an Affiliated Community Minister with the church she joined in 1988. As a UU minister she served the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Petaluma for five years, was sabbatical minister for the UU Legislative Ministry of California and helped lead the Pacific Central District’s Racial and Cultural Diversity Network. She completed a certificate in Spiritual Direction with the Chaplaincy Institute in 2017.

Before entering ministry, Reverend Foran worked in Public Health and served this community as a worship associate, a covenant group facilitator, a singer, and a fund raiser for the early phases of the reconstruction and renovation of the building. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees and of an early version of the Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Team. Today she focuses her time on fostering spiritually-grounded social justice, embracing the life-long quest to build multi-cultural, multi-everything Beloved Community and encouraging the individual and collective search for truth and meaning. She is a member of the congregation’s Justice Council Coordinating Team and the Adult Faith Development Team.

Reverend Foran is happily building a private spiritual direction practice that helps people find wisdom for their lives. Spiritual Direction is an invitation to cultivate personal spiritual strength and resilience for participating fully in the joys, sorrows, mysteries, questions and struggles of human life. Reverend Mary can be contacted at mpforan@earthlink.net.