Reverend Wendy von Zirpolo, Minister

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Reverend Wendy von Zirpolo is a third and fifth generation Unitarian Universalist.  She was raised in the Winchester, MA Unitarian Society where she returned to serve as Assistant Minister to Families & Children in 2005.  Ministry was a second vocation for her but one that united activities that engaged her throughout her life.  An IT professional with a degree in B.S in Business Management from Northeastern University and professional training in the computer and information field, she followed the call into ministry in the late 90s.  While her children were still young she served as Director of Religious Education in Haverhill, Massachusetts and became active in leadership, serving as President of the North Atlantic Liberal Religious Educator’s Association and President of Ferry Beach Park Association.  She graduated from Boston University School of Theology in 2005. She is currently enrolled in BU’s Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership program.

Known nationally as a social activist in Unitarian Universalism, Reverend von Zirpolo was a leader in relief efforts in the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina and more recently in our response to anti-immigration and anti-racism efforts.  She has served on the UUA Accessibilities Committee, as founding member and president of UU Allies for Racial Equity (ARE), as member of the UUA Council on Cross Cultural Engagement, as founding member of the UUA General Assembly Right Relationship Team, Right Relationship Chair for the International UU Women’s Convocation and UUMA Convocation and as member of the UU Urban Ministry Board.  She currently serves as Co-Chair of the UUA Journey Towards Wholeness Transformation Committee.

She was arrested in July, 2010 in an act of civil disobedience in Phoenix Arizona where she joined human rights activists from around the world in opposition to Arizona’s SB1070 (an anti-immigrant law) and inhumane treatment at the Maricopa County Jail. Her work for immigration reform continues with two additional arrests for civil disobedience in recent years as well as participation in local and national vigils, fasts and protests.

She is a long-time Special OlympicsSwim Coach of a team from Haverhill, MA.  She also leads monthly interfaith worship services for people with special needs, their families and friends in Haverhill.

She has four grown children, Shannon, Amanda, Samantha & Michael and resides in Gloucester, MA and Buckley, MI where she and her partner, Gini Courter (former Moderator and Chief Governance Officer of the UUA) have a farm.