The Rev. Jeanne Pupke joins 2017 presidential race by petition.
The Rev. Jeanne Pupke is a candidate for UUA president. (Courtesy Jeanne Pupke)
On June 16, UUA Secretary Rob Eller-Isaacs certified the candidacy of the Rev. Jeanne Pupke as the third minister now seeking election as president of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Pupke joins the Rev. Alison Miller, who was nominated by the Presidential Nominating Committee in January, and the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, who began campaigning as a petition candidate in March when the Rev. Sue Phillips, the second nominee, withdrew from the race. Other candidates may also enter the race until February 1, 2017. Delegates to the 2017 General Assembly in New Orleans will elect a new president to a six-year term.
Frederick-Gray, Miller, and Pupke will participate in a live-streamed presidential candidates forum at the 2016 General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, June 25 at 1:15 EDT.
The Rev. Jeanne Pupke has served as senior minister of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, Virginia, since 2006, and was consulting minister of the UU Fellowship of Central Oregon in Bend (2004–2006). She was a UUA trustee (2009–2013) and chaired the board’s Finance Committee. Once a Catholic nun, she was an executive for Diemakers, Inc., and Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters before entering the UU ministry. A director of UU Legislative Ministry of Virginia, Pupke frequently testifies for women’s, LGBTQI, and youth rights. Pupke has completed a two-year course in spiritual direction. She and wife Regina Largent, a retired Army officer, university administrator, and UU Buddhist, have been together twenty-three years. JeannePupke.com
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Christopher L. Walton is editor of UU World. He holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of Utah and is a member of the Church of the Larger Fellowship.
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