Featured Endorsements

The following are a few of the many ministers and lay leaders who have endorsed Jeanne Pupke for President of the Unitarian Universalist Association. To read their full endorsement, click each names. For even more endorsement, see Endorsers.


Her clarity of purpose and focus impressed me, and I often saw her help the UUA Board to find a clear path forward. Jeanne was willing and able to speak her truth to us, and she helped the Board pause and refocus, as we worked our way through some complex decisions.

John Blevins
Member, and former President, of All Souls UU Church, Kansas City, Missouri
Former UUA Trustee


She is a good listener. She can hear us whether we come from small congregations or large ones, whether we recently covenanted with Unitarian Universalism or were born into the tradition -- and whether we are pretty comfortable with our experience with this faith community or are struggling with some of its behaviors.

Eunice Benton
Former District Executive for the Mid-South District
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Oxford, MS


Jeanne possesses a deep and grounded spirituality as well as a passionate commitment to justice. For years, she has labored on behalf of an anti-racist and multicultural Unitarian Universalism. 

The Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies
Senior Minister, All Souls Church, Unitarian, Washington, DC

Haley_Gretchen.jpgOur Association and our Unitarian Universalist movement would be lucky to have Jeanne as our President. I plan to do all I can to get her elected – I hope you’ll join me.

Rev. Gretchen Haley
Senior Minister, Foothills Unitarian Church, Fort Collins, CO

Kane_Cynthia.jpgI can attest Jeanne unequivocally has the experience (personally and professionally, individually and institutionally), temperament, centeredness, drive, and vision to represent Unitarian Universalism.

Rev. Cynthia Kane
Commander (select), Chaplain Corps, United States Navy

Brett_Jacqueline.jpgEspecially important is that she has been consistently engaged in the work of dismantling racism and structures of oppression in our movement and in the world beyond it long before others awakened to the fact that it was something that still needed to be addressed. We are at a critical time right now in Unitarian Universalism. A time that needs the leadership of Jeanne Pupke.

Jacqueline Brett, Student Minister
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Durham, NC

Morrill_Jake_Best.jpgAs conversations would be going around the board table sometimes it could get stuck in the technical mode, in the answer mode, or solution mode. And it was Jeanne, who after a long pause could bring us home, back to the question of why, questions of impact and outcome. What communities would be reached, how would this bring transformation and move our mission closer to the beloved community? So she brings not only expertise, but she also brings vision.

Rev. Jake Morrill, Minister
Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, Oak Ridge, TN

Hobart_James.JPGJeanne Pupke is a religious leader with the combination of skills needed to lead the UUA; public spokesperson, proven administrative abilities, and pastoral presence.

Rev. James Hobart, Retired minister
Chicago, IL

Shaw__Amy_Petrie.jpgJeanne is my choice because she understands that we all need a voice, whether we live in Boston, California, or Hartland, Wisconsin.

Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw, Minister
Lake Country Unitarian Universalist Church
Hartland, WS

Harmony_Marni.jpgJeanne walks the talk of leadership and will offer a strong, wise, courageous, and faithful presence and perspective during these challenging times.

Marni Harmony
Minister Emerita
First Unitarian Church of Orlando

Boke_Beverly_.jpgI was immediately impressed by her passion for our justice-seeking, soul-affirming faith and her ability to articulate that faith to a broad range of people. Jeanne has genuine humility paired with personal courage.

Rev. Beverly (Buffy) Boke, Minister
First Parish UU, Canton, MA

Ford_James_2.jpgThe Reverend Jeanne Pupke is a bundle of contradictions. They come together perfectly to make her an ideal president for our Unitarian Universalist Association in these dangerous times.

James Ford, Minister Emeritus
First Unitarian Church of Providence, RI

Cayer_Deborah.jpgThat is part of what makes Jeanne a great leader, she sees the big picture, she’s good at details, and more than anything she is a great listener, she has her own ideas but she really listens to others.

Rev. Deborah Cayer, Lead Minister
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Durham, NC

Turner_Archene.jpegJeanne has brought innovative ministry to Richmond. And I think we need that to survive in the next part of our journey.

Rev. Archene Turner, Community Minister
Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church. Bethesda, MD


Jeanne Pupke is a leader of leaders. She can be our answer to Pope Francis’ statement, “Who am I not to judge?” by affirming, “Who are we not to celebrate the beauty and variety of the human family and all of creation?” 

Rev. Chris Buice, Senior Minister
Tennessee Valley UU Church, Knoxville, TN 

Dana_Howard.pngJeanne’s ability to raise money makes her the ideal candidate to lead us for the next six years.

Rev. Howard Dana Senior Minister
First Parish in Concord, MA

Logan_Sherman_.jpgIt's because of her compassion for the marginalized members of our society and her unyielding efforts to make Unitarian Universalism a welcoming and inclusive faith to all who seek our religious community that I wholeheartedly support her candidacy for the Presidency.

Rev. Sherman Logan, Assistant Minister
Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, VA;


We need a President with vision, spiritual and ethical depth, executive experience, a proven track record in inspiring and growing congregations, a clear ability to work as a collaborative and inclusive leader, and a demonstrated commitment to the work of justice. Jeanne is that person.

Rev. Abhi Janamanchi Senior Minister
Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, Bethesda, MD
UUA's Ambassador to the Unitarian Union of Northeast India (UUNEI)

Parsa_Parisa.jpgJeanne is a colleague that I have been impressed by time and time again for her savvy leadership, for her wise spiritual counsel and for her skillful way of navigating the many challenges of spiritual leadership at this time in history.

Rev. Parisa Parsa, Executive Director
Essential Partners

Rivera_Christine.jpgAs a colleague, I have seen her work collaborative with staff as they challenge each other to grow in their collective and individual ministries. In particular, I’ve admired her commitment to working with religious educators as colleagues in ministry.   

Christina Rivera
Financial Secretary
UUA Board of Trustees

Owens_Kathleen_2.jpgI know Jeanne to have a head for leadership and development with a ministerial heart for You, our Faith and its Growth. 

Rev. Kathleen Owens, Lead Minister
First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, CA 


I believe Jeanne is the right person with the precise combination of skills and personal qualities to serve as our Association President.

Rev. Bill Zelazny
Former UUA District Executive
North Providence, RI

Peresluha_Elaine.jpgJeanne Pupke is the most qualified leader to inspire cohesion in our denomination at this time of social political upheaval. 

Rev. Dr. Elaine Peresluha, President of The Accredited Interim Minister's Guild and Interim Minister
East Shore Unitarian Church, Bellevue, WA

Tanner_Robin.jpgJeanne is also a get it done kind of person, when she makes a promise, she delivers. I have known her to be consistent, to be responsive and to keep her promises.

Rev. Robin Tanner, Minister of Worship and Outreach
Unitarian Church of Summit, NJ

Deroche_Len.jpgIt is because of her compassion, intelligence, her experience, and empathy that I want her to be the next president of the UUA.

Rev. Len DeRoche, Interim Minister
The Universalist Church of West Hartford, CT

White_Nan.jpgI believe her skill in assessment, vision, and collaboration will benefit our association in ways we can only dream about today. Jeanne has a drive and passion for our faith and a love for the people with strengths in leadership.  

Rev. Nan White, Developmental Minister
Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Ashland, OR
Minister Emerita, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort, SC


During small group discussions about the UUA Ends statements, I found Jeanne to be able and willing to think beyond our traditional framework, to envision new possibilities of relationship within our Association.

Kathleen Burek
Member of UUA Board of Trustees
International Women’s Convocation Board Member
Member, Former President, Michael Servetus Unitarian Society, Fridley, MN


I have learned that Jeanne has an incredibly keen eye for examining systems and matching people and their skills to the needs in those systems. As a leader, her ability to identify opportunities and develop solutions is remarkable, whether it’s in a congregation, RE program, cluster, region or affinity group.

Denise Rimes, Vice-Moderator
UUA Board of Trustees 


I am endorsing Jeanne for president of the UUA because she is a creative thinker, a careful listener, a tireless worker, and a skillful leader. 

Rev. Christine Robinson, Senior Minister
First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque


Every time we engage with Jeanne on matters large or small we feel we are with someone who really gets it. She cares deeply for our faith and we believe she is the leader needed for such a time as this.

Revs. Barbara Wells ten Hove and Jacob ten Hove
Co-ministers, Cedars UU Church, Bainbridge Island, WA


Jeanne has a lot of skills and experience but it is her innate ability to nurture -- to identify what it is people and organizations have to offer, and through her caring, clarity, and commitment, help them to see it, too, that impresses me the most.

Annette Marquis
Former UUA Southeast District Executive, Owner, Marquis Enterprises, LLC


There is no better candidate to lead our movement into a robust, impactful, religious presence in a world pleading for our Unitarian Universalist values.

Rev. Lyssa Jenkens, Ph.D.
Faithful Change Community Ministries, Dallas, Texas

To read more about why Jeanne is the best candidate to lead the UUA into the future, visit Full Endorsements.