Who I Am
“The colorful tapestry of my life informs and energizes my ministry.” —Rev. Jennifer Brooks
The greatest adventures of my life have happened when I was open to new experiences. Together with my children, Jamie and Kevin, I’m part of a “United Nations family” (Asian-American, African-American, and European-American) (my children are both adopted). Our dinner-table conversations involved my children’s personal experiences with racism and racial identity; we talked about morality, ethics, rights, responsibilities, and the risks of stereotypes and assumptions. Their perspectives have shaped my own and have reinforced my commitment to creating justice in the world.
Professional. I’m called to Unitarian Universalist ministry and especially to transition ministry. I’m an Accredited Interim Minister; Vice-President of the UUMA’s Transition Ministers Chapter (the professional organization for ministers committed to intentional, focused transition ministry). I thrived during my years in settled ministry, yet began to see how effective transition work could create a solid foundation for a successful new settlement. My background in multicultural settings, even my experience with managing conflict, all translate well to intentional interim ministry.
With the encouragement of UUA Transitions Director Keith Kron, in 2011 I gave in to my yearning to accompany congregations through the challenge and possibility of transition. In this work I find deep joy. It is the outpouring of my love for Life and for my UU people.
Photo: Child dedication ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland
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