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.

Sabbatical Minister- Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae

 Sabbatical Minister - Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae The Reverend Jeremiah Kalendae is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, Sufi dervish of the Chishtī Order, and Hindu spiritual teacher. Prior to this call to serve as our Sabbatical Minister, he worked recruiting and preparing the next generation of Unitarian Universalist and progressive religious leaders as the Director of Admissions and Recruitment and as a teaching member of the Adjunct Faculty at Starr King School for the Ministry. He offers courses in eastern philosophy, multireligious theological study, and social change. He has served as an Affiliated Community Minister with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, as the Beyond Sunday Minister in San Francisco, and as a Killam Fellow at the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland. He completed his Ministerial Internship at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a Chaplain Residency in the Heart Center and Center for Integrative Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.

Rev. Jeremiah earned a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry, a Master of Social Work (M.S.S.A.) degree from Case Western Reserve University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Sociology from Baldwin-Wallace College. In recent years, Rev. Jeremiah has been active in the #BlackLivesMatter, Standing Rock, and Occupy movements. He co-founded the LGBTIQ Refugee and Asylee Guardian Group, the Interfaith Food Pantry of San Francisco, and the annual Spirit Babies remembrance service. In his free time, he loves trips to the Ocean Mother, ashtanga yoga, running, weight lifting, rock climbing, surfing, camping, pilgrimages, sacred tattoos and piercings, fashion and drag, and vegan cooking.

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae can be reached at revjeremiah@uuoakland.org.