Director of Spiritual Services, Staff
Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm PT
Thursdays: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm PT
Pastor Jacqueline K. Duhart (pronouns – she, her, they, them) serves as the Director of Spiritual Care Services. She holds a M.Div. from Starr King School for the Ministry alongside a Certificate of Spiritual Direction from the Interfaith Chaplaincy Institute (Berkeley, CA) and a Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) form the University of Texas – Arlington, Texas. She also serves our shared world as a Spiritual Director. June 2019, Pastor Jacqueline retired from parish ministry. For ten years she served in various ministry positions at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland; the last three years as their called full-time parish/interim minister. This call proved to be one of the most rewarding and meaningful ministries positions she has ever held.
Pastor Jacqueline is retired from the United States Air Force in 2000. During her 21 years of honorable service as a clinical social worker, she and her family managed many difficult separations to include her deployment in Oman during the Gulf War. Other career highlights include eight years of chaplaincy at the Federal Corrections Institute, Dublin CA, 5 years at the American Friends Service Committee advocating to end the death penalty, and a private practice in Anchorage, AK. As a licensed clinical social worker, she supervised masters level interns and conducted Critical Stress Debriefings with the Anchorage Fire Department. These experiences honed her capacity to be with the sorrows, joys and mysteries of life while living with bright hope. To read more about Pastor Jacqueline’s philosophies on spiritual direction/spiritual care, please click here.
Pastor Duhart and her partner of 30 years live in El Cerrito, CA. She gardens every day, delights in soulfully moving to gospel beats, enjoys cooking, revels in hiking and reading autobiographies. Her commitment to deepening her personal relationship with all that feeds life and the common good is fierce. Daily she communes with: ancestors/angels, gurus/guides, sacred stories/diverse theologies, sages/spirits, nature, science, Goddess/Gods and that which is un-namable and yet to be named in her relentless efforts to usher in radical inclusive love and genuine respect. Ashay and Blessed be.