The Rev. Angela Herrera
Angela has served on First Unitarian’s ministry staff since 2010, and was called as our Senior Minister in September 2017.
Angela is originally from Oregon, where she was raised in a working class neighborhood in the Willamette Valley. She writes, “In that time, the UU faith of my childhood was tested against some of society’s harder realities, and I developed an early passion for social justice, and a deep love for life and for people.” These experiences continue to inform her ministry and theology.
“I am humanistic in the sense that I believe humans have the ultimate responsibility for what must be done in the world,” she says. “I also draw inspiration from our Judeo-Christian roots. I want not just to think about God but to experience God: in relationship with other people, in prayer, in the arts and in nature. God as love, as yearning, as the stillness, peace, or power that can erupt into the world even when it seems least likely. I also accept that there are many paths to meaning and ultimacy, some very different from mine, and I honor those.”
Angela holds a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University. She has completed a chaplaincy internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and a parish internship at First Parish in Concord, Massachusetts. She is the author of the Skinner House meditation manual, Reaching for the Sun, and co-creator of Lifting Our Voices: Readings in the Living Tradition.
Angela is fluent in Spanish as a second language. When she is not at church she can be found biking, hiking, running, or putting green chile on things.
The Rev. Bob LaVallee
Rev. Bob LaVallee is white, cisgender, heterosexual, and male. He’s from Buffalo, NY and has lived all over the place. He was an artillery officer in the Marine Corps, served as a civilian contractor in Afghanistan, and trained as a chaplain at the VA in New York City. Prior to the ministry, Bob drove ice cream trucks, lead bike tours, managed a homeless shelter, and did a lot of nonprofit management. He was a founding member of the Buffalo, NY chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice and relishes the memories of disrupting a Trump campaign rally and occupying the county sheriff’s office.
Bob’s spiritual journey has been less interstate highway and more crooked path. He was raised very Roman Catholic and even wanted to be a priest when he grew up. He’s studied and practiced Buddhism, including stays at the Zen Mountain Monastery in the Catskills region of New York. He attended Meadville Lombard Theological School and was ordained into Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in 2018. Bob has worked as a hospital chaplain in a substance abuse disorder ward, ICU, ER, and hospice. He served as Interim Minister at South Valley UU Society outside Salt Lake City, Utah.
Bob is a believer that Unitarian Universalism can make us larger, freer, and more loving.
The Rev. Jane E. Davis
The Rev. Jane E. Davis (she/her/hers), is a community minister affiliated with First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque. A community minister focuses on service outside the walls of a congregation. Rev. Davis is called to a Unitarian Universalist healing ministry serving people seeking recovery, primarily with those seeking recovery from ineffective coping mechanisms including, but not limited to, alcohol and other drugs. Rev. Davis currently works with those returning to our community from incarceration with Health Care Services Cooperation (HCSC) in the Behavioral Health Justice Program.
Kristin is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, who recently moved her from Truckee, CA, where she was completing her MDiv and serving as a Director of Religious Education at a congregation just over the border in Reno, NV. She will be serving the church as our intern minister into May 2023 for the final stage of her ministerial formation process.