Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
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The Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones has served the First Unitarian Church of San José since 2005. Hers is a spirited ministry, dedicated to working with First Unitarian to create a Beloved Community where all are welcome and where our diverse backgrounds, ages, and theologies prompt us to grow warmer, deeper, and stronger. In the loving, justice-seeking congregation of First Unitarian, Nancy has found her perfect match.

Nancy received a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School and a bachelor’s degree, with majors in English and French, from Stanford University. Before coming to First Unitarian, she served Unitarian Universalist congregations in Freeport, New York, and Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts.

Nancy is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s JUUST Change Consultancy, which works with congregations and organizations to deepen their social justice and anti-oppression work. With the late Rev. Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley, Nancy is the co-editor of Soul Work: Anti-racist Theologies in Dialogue (Skinner House, 2003), and she has authored numerous religious education curricula for the UUA.

Nancy writes: “One of Unitarian Universalism’s great gifts is its request that we bring to our faith all that we are—head and heart; action and reflection; worship, work, and play. In my earlier life, it took two vocations (acting and editing) for me to find this balance. Now I have come home to a single calling, ministry, within the living tradition of Unitarian Universalism, where we can share all that we have learned and all that we continue to learn as we create a Beloved Community. What a gift!”

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