Senior Minister: The Reverend Jennifer Nordstrom

Title: Senior Minister

Phone: 414-273-5257 x201

Email: jennifer.nordstrom@uumilwaukee.org

Responsibilities

Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom is elated to be the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee’s new Senior Minister. Her ministry is based in relationship, purpose, depth of meaning, and interconnection. She is a native Wisconsinite who has been away for almost 20 years, and is thrilled to come home to serve the Midwest that shaped her life. She knows the land and the lake in her bones, is delighted to return to the local music scene and the fried cheese, but most importantly, to be reconnected with the warm and genuine people of Milwaukee. Rev. Jennifer is arriving in Milwaukee with her charming and mischievous little dog, Charlie.

Background

Rev. Jennifer is a national leader in Unitarian Universalism and beyond on issues of peace, climate justice, and racial justice. She cares deeply about the world and the people in it and sees Unitarian Universalism as a tool to build the Beloved Community. She is currently co-editing a book on environmental justice and Unitarian Universalism, due to be published in 2017.

She was a member of the Chicago-Area Liberal Ministers’ working group on racial justice from 2014-2016. She facilitated multiracial and interfaith Beloved Conversations on race and faith in 2013. She founded the group Unitarian Universalist Young Adults for Climate Justice in 2013, serves on the Steering Committee of the UU Environmental Justice Collaboratory, and helped organize the UU effort Commit2Respond to climate change. Rev. Jennifer also spent many years working on peace and nuclear disarmament issues, and is currently serving on the national Board of the Peace Action Education Fund. She was a contributing author to the book Nuclear Disorder or Cooperative Security.

Rev. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York, and her Masters of Divinity degree from the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California. Rev. Jennifer’s ministry prioritizes excellence in worship by creating beauty, a sense of awe, an opportunity to engage mystery, and a Sunday morning call to reflect on what matters most in our lives. She strives to balance the contemplative with the ecstatic, and internal reflection with external movement.

Rev. Jennifer believes religious communities have the capacity to change the world, and to bring more beauty, justice, and joy into our personal lives and the broader world. She understands ministry as the work of weaving individual parts into interconnected harmony with the whole. In congregational life, she welcomes a community of multiple generations, beliefs, and backgrounds who move together around shared values, learning from and teaching one another. Shared ministry creates a caring community that witnesses each other through many life changes, through births and deaths, marriages and divorces, leavings and comings home. In these various unfoldings, we witness the full fabric of life and humanity.