Dear UUMFE Community:

I’m so excited to join UU Ministry for Earth! Our vision is a world in which reverence, gratitude, and care for each other and for the living Earth are central to the lives of all people. That’s the world I want to help create.

Rev. Daniel Lawlor will continue to lead development and communication while I lead programming. The staff and Board are amazing, and it’s great to be part of the team. I’ll be working 20 hours per week and look forward to interacting and co-creating with all of you over time.

I’m a Unitarian Universalist minister and identify as a white, cisgender, straight, currently fully-abled woman committed to dismantling systemic oppressions, such as racism, ableism, and heteronormative beliefs. I believe we can replace such barriers with ever-widening circles of solidarity and mutual respect.

I had a 22-year career in business and was an executive coach when the idea of seminary wouldn’t leave my heart and soul. My Master of Divinity comes from Iliff School of Theology, and I am an adjunct instructor there teaching UU History. I’ve served as pastor of three congregations and know the power of UUMFE in congregational life. I offer spiritual coaching to individuals, and am on the Board of Directors of UU Wellspring, a program for spiritual deepening.

Born, raised and still living in Denver, Colorado, I honor the sacred land of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Sioux) people whose governments and cultures are still alive. I’ve been exploring my own indigenous roots and spirituality for the past five years, and in the process have deepened my relationship with Earth and all her inhabitants through practice and direct experience.

I’m married to Pete Dignan who teaches Climate Action for Business and the Certificate in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Strategy at University of Colorado Leeds School of Business. He and I are Unitarian Universalists together and are grateful for this faith tradition. Between us, we have four grown children and a grandchild, all of whom live in Denver near us.

It’s an honor to support the UUMFE mission to be a seedbed for spiritual grounding and education that inspires deep practices of Earth care, justice and flourishing for all.



Rev. Kelly