Jess Hunt (she, they, none) had previous careers in healthcare customer service and communication in a hospital setting, librarian at an academic, public, and school library, and as a birth assistant and doula for a homebirth midwife. She was called into this faith formation ministry several years ago and “dove into the deep end without looking back”. Jess has a Masters in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Youth Services and Leadership and her undergraduate studies were in Theatre with concentrations in art and religion.
Jess is driven and inspired in this work by identifying approaches to overcoming the barriers that divide the human family. She is passionate about developing foundations of soul-nourishing, whole body/whole congregation learning. Jess firmly believes that parents are the first educators and the congregation is the curriculum. This creates the opportunity for the congregation to be the second educators. Jess facilitates this evolution of religious exploration with a fresh perspective and the creation of a brave space to try new techniques. Her mission is to invite connection, inspire spiritual growth, lean into curiosity, and ignite action.
Jess is also passionate about dismantling structures of marginalization and oppression. She has focused on educating others about the culture’s characteristics. Specifically, how to recognize the characteristics in everyday situations and how to begin making the small changes that will create ripples out into the world. She recently facilitated a class with Gail Forsyth-Vail, Interim Faith Development Director with the UUA, on Dismantling White Supremacy Culture in RE at The Mountain for RE Week. It was an amazing experience and cemented her desire for working in continuing education with and for others.
Jess is a single homeschooling parent to four active and goofy kiddos. She enjoys spending as much time as she can outdoors when the humidity is at a tolerable level. This includes kayaking, camping, hiking, and swimming. Jess is a Ravenclaw and a member of the Potterhead Running Club, which means that sometimes she chooses to get up before the sun to run multiple miles at a time. She is in training now for a Ragnar Trail Relay Race in December. She enthusiastically plays kickball with the Varsity Gay League in Orlando. And she is excited to be part of the UUCJ family!