Acting Dean of Students and Community Life, Visting Professor of Faith and Public Life
Rev. Lindi Ramsden was appointed in the fall of 2014 to serve as the half-time Acting Dean of Students and Community Life and Visiting Professor of Faith and Public Life at Starr King School for the Ministry for the 2014-15 academic year. She brings to this position a commitment to ministry spanning 29 years in both parish and community settings. Her first settlement was as an Extension Minister and then Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Church of San Jose from 1985 to 2003. Her ministry included growing the congregation, leading annual wilderness trips for youth, rebuilding the church after a major fire, establishing the church’s companion non-profit – the Third St. Community Center, initiating a Spanish speaking ministry and engaging with justice initiatives in the larger community. During her service in San Jose, she and the congregation were recognized with several community and Unitarian Universalist awards.
In 2003, Rev. Ramsden became the founding Executive Director and Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry California. UULMCA engaged California Unitarian Universalists in collaborative, spiritually grounded justice ministries, making significant contributions to the movements to secure marriage equality for same-sex couples, establish the human right to water, pass health care reform, and advance immigrant rights. Rev. Ramsden continued her commitment to young adult leadership development and experiential learning through creating water justice road trips and initiating the Spiritual Activist Leadership Training. During her decade of ministry at UULMCA (now called the UU Justice Network of California), Rev. Ramsden also helped to support the growth of UU State Advocacy Networks in seventeen other states. She continues to be an advocate for increased collaboration with and among national UU justice partners.
Turning to the power of story, Rev. Ramsden Co-produced and Co-directed the 2014 documentary film Thirsty for Justice: the struggle for the human right to water, which is being screened in collaboration with the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water by congregations and community groups across California. She is committed to engaging the climate crisis from an environmental justice lens.
Rev. Ramsden earned her B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University and a Masters of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry. SKSM also honored her with the honorary degree of Sacrae Theologiae Doctor in 2010.
Lindi finds renewal backpacking in the Sierra with her wife Mary Helen and is inspired by the commitment and creativity of young adults, including their son.