Our new minister, Pastor Jenny Peek, starts at PUUF in October, 2017
Pastor Jennifer "Jenny" Peek
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The Pocatello Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is pleased to announce that Jennifer “Jenny” Peek will begin serving as PUUF's minister on October 1, 2017. Jenny Peek is a Unitarian Universalist minister and Candidate for Fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association. She holds her Master of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School and is currently completing her thesis towards a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies. During seminary, Jenny visited the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines and met the religious leaders there, exploring just how our progressive faith developed and keeps growing in a country that is 90% Catholic. Inspired by intercultural and interfaith dialogue, Jenny took full advantage of Meadville’s Global Fellows Program and studied with religious leaders of Uganda, Japan, India, Azerbaijan, and Central African Republic. As Intern Minister, Jenny served the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Elkhart (UUFE) in Indiana for two years. During her time with UUFE, she served also as their sabbatical minister for six months. Jenny is passionate about deepening the understanding of the relationships between culture and self; self and fellowship; and, collective self/fellowship and the greater community. She enjoys writing, music, comedy, and theater. Jenny joins us under a two-year three-quarter time consulting ministry contract that includes opportunity for renewal or call.
Jenny sends her greetings to the fellowship in the following letter:
Dear members and friends of the Pocatello Unitarian Universalist Fellowship,
About mid-September, I will begin the physical journey across country from my home state of Indiana, to serve as your consulting minister and to make a new home in Pocatello. Amid all the necessary details such a move entails, I pause to think of that word, "journey." It holds the mystery of a saga, yet can seemingly begin in the smallest of moments. Did this journey to Pocatello already begin, maybe when I asked about the ministry position there, or earlier with your Search Task Force beginning the search process?
I like to think of the physical journey as an outward expression of so many journeys of mind, heart and spirit. For us, this story could begin with PUUF’s origins, or with some of my life story that led me into ministry, or with so many experiences of us all by design or chance, that now bring us to this moment.
Through many conversations with your Search Committee, Treasurer, and Board Presidents (past and present), I am learning and imagining what our shared ministry will be. Caring for our members and friends who cannot attend Sunday services matters. Spreading the good news (the Very Good News) of our progressive and welcoming Unitarian Universalist faith matters! Holding ourselves accountable through care and right relations within this beloved community matters! Representing PUUF in regional and national events matters! Fellowship, caring, daring to hope for the future and then work towards that dream…all of this and so much more is part of the journey, too. Mine, and yours, and Unitarian Universalism's.
Thank you, to the lay-leaders of PUUF for all they have already given in time and effort and generosity of spirit. And thank you, members and friends of PUUF. In this shared ministry, I look forward to the discovery, learning and growing we will do, together.