©Adnan Onart

©Adnan Onart

My spiritual path has been a winding one. I was baptized in a Lutheran church at age 6, received First Communion in the Catholic church at age 8, and was confirmed in the Methodist church at age 13. At age 16, I was received into the Episcopal church. I got deeply involved in interfaith work during my undergraduate career. Now, I am a Unitarian Universalist minister. 

I was born on the Caribbean island of Curaçao and lived there until the age of 10, when my family moved to Durham, North Carolina. I attended  Stanford University and graduated in 2012 with a degree in Religious Studies. My honors thesis, "'Finding That Right Place Where I Fit': Hybrid Identities of Young American Muslim Women," examined how young American Muslim women build and negotiate their identities as both American and Muslim.

 ©Adnan Onart

©Adnan Onart

I ended up at Harvard Divinity School, planning for it to be a stop on the way to a PhD. While at HDS, I fell in love with ministry with all its forms, and discovered Unitarian Universalism. I am eternally grateful to the Harvard Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Students for allowing me to find my home among them, and for being a jumping-off point into the larger faith. 

I'm in the process of completing my ministerial internship at First Church in Boston, under the supervision of Rev. Stephen Kendrick. I've preached on a wide range of topics, created and implemented a monthly dinner church service, and served as one of the general staff members at First Church. I saw the Ministerial Fellowship Committee in September 2017, and pending the completion of my internship will be welcomed into preliminary fellowship. I plan to be ordained in the spring of 2018.