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Unitarian Universalism affirms that inspiration and meaning may be found in many sources, including experience, history, and religious tradition.

The Unitarian Universalist faith draws from six sources:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life.

  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.

  • Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life.

  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.

  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.

  • Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

- from the UUA

Introducing:
The Reverend Jo Green, Consulting Minister

The Reverend Jo Green was ordained on April 23, 2017, at a ceremony hosted by Restoration and the UU Church in Cherry Hill.

Jo served the UU Church of Cherry Hill, New Jersey for two years, first as an intern under the supervision of Reverend Manish Mishra Marzetti, and then as Minister in Residence. As Minister in Residence, Ms. Green shared the pulpit and other ministerial duties with the Reverends Christian and Kristin Schmidt, Cherry Hill's interim ministers.

Her duties there included leading worship services, presiding over ritual ceremonies, and serving as liaison to the church's Caring Committee. While in seminary Ms. Green completed Clinical Pastoral Education and served for two years following her internship as a per diem chaplain at Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley, California. She served her home congregation, the Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society in North Hills, California as a member of the Board of Trustees and Social Justice Council, the latter of which she was Vice-Chair.

Ms. Green graduated from the Starr King School for Ministry in Berkeley with a Master in Divinity. Her areas of ministerial focus include pastoral care and social justice. She will meet with the UU Ministerial Fellowship Committee this fall to seek Preliminary Fellowship. Prior to entering seminary Ms. Green held administrative positions in several settings including UCLA Medical Center, Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, and Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles where she was responsible for high-level support to senior rabbinical staff. In addition, she has a Masters Degree and experience in Counseling Education and training in dispute resolution.