The Rev. Angela Herrera Koren

Senior Minister

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. “Today, as a Jewish Unitarian Universalist, I am humanistic in the sense that I believe humans have the ultimate responsibility for Tikkun Olam, the healing needed in our world,” she says. “Yet I also see God here among us: in relationship, in prayer, in the arts and in nature. God as love, and as 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 and expects to receive a Master of Arts in Counseling from New Mexico Highlands University in Spring 2025, with a focus on counseling LGBTQIA folx and those in nontraditional relationship structures. 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-editor of Lifting Our Voices: Readings in the Living Tradition. Angela is fluent in Spanish as a second language. When she is not at church, Angela and her wife can often be found chasing or coaxing their large, fluffy German Shepherd on walks.

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. “Today, as a Jewish Unitarian Universalist, I am humanistic in the sense that I believe humans have the ultimate responsibility for Tikkun Olam, the healing needed in our world,” she says. “Yet I also see God here among us: in relationship, in prayer, in the arts and in nature. God as love, and as 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 and expects to receive a Master of Arts in Counseling from New Mexico Highlands University in Spring 2025, with a focus on counseling LGBTQIA folx and those in nontraditional relationship structures. 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-editor of Lifting Our Voices: Readings in the Living Tradition. Angela is fluent in Spanish as a second language. When she is not at church, Angela and her wife can often be found chasing or coaxing their large, fluffy German Shepherd on walks.