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Rev. Julie Boleyn

Ministry setting

I currently serve as pastor at Unity Lutheran Church of Berwyn. We are an active congregation, committed to seeking God in our community

What brings you joy in your ministry?

My greatest joys in ministry include:
1. Discovering how other people experience the world.
2. Nurturing healthy community.
3. That moment when folks discover they are capable of more than they'd ever imagined.
4. Placing the bread of life into the hands of a small child.

Who inspires you in ministry or seminary?

I am inspired by the folks who, even in their most painful hour, encouraged me to follow my call to ministry. I'm inspired by my mother, who taught me to live my calling now--don't wait until someone else says you can. I'm inspired by the younger folks entering seminary now, and who sit in my pews, folks who believe the church is relevant and life giving.

What are your interests outside of ministry?

Outside of ministry--my partner and I delight in our daughter, garden, and discover the challenges of home ownership.

Best meal you've ever eaten?

The best meal--there are several candidates for this prize:
1. The honey-kamut & soy milk feast we had after my baptism.
2. The chicken parm prepared by my dear friends at our wedding in 2004.
3. The home-made noodles with lemon, capers, and cherry tomatoes that my daughter helped make just last week.
4. That night we spent way too much money at North Pond

Brief bio

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where I developed a special love for coffee, moss, evergreens, and large mountains. Almost right out of high school, I started my working life as the first employee in a software-start-up. But, as I noticed I was spending my most joyful time at church, I realized a call to ministry, and went back to school for my undergrad at The Evergreen State College in Washington State. My degree focus was in non-profit management and development

Did you always want to be clergy?

One day, in my early 20s, as I was facilitating a meeting among a group of folks working on a housing project, I noticed the group had lost its grounding. We were floundering, feeling as if we were the only ones who'd ever wandered before. Then it occurred to me that the story of Moses would be so helpful in that moment. But, the group was decidedly secular, and they'd have shown me the door were I to bring that up. That moment stirred something in me, as I realized my love of facilitating, and my gratitude for the stories of faith. It was this moment among many others that propelled me toward seminary, and this awesome call I have today.

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