Abbey Tennis

Interim Advancement Director

As a recent graduate of Starr King School for the ministry with passions for Unitarian Universalism and progressive multi-religious education, it is an enormous joy for me to serve Starr King as its Interim Advancement Director.

Before entering the ministry, I was a lay leader in the Unitarian Universalist faith for fifteen years on a local, regional, and national level, serving as the first youth observer to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) board of trustees, working as a Youth Programs Specialist at the UUA, and serving for eight years on the UUA’s continental Ministerial Fellowship Committee. In 2008, I had the honor of serving as keynote speaker at the UU Allies for Racial Equity conference, and in 2012-2013, I completed a ministerial internship at All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C.  I count youth empowerment, supporting ministerial formation, anti-racism/anti-oppression work, and creative worship development as the most important and powerful UU work I have done.

My professional background includes a BA in environmental studies from Oberlin College, and an MBA from UMASS Boston, as well as climate change and energy policy work and grants management for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and professional facilitation and conflict management in Portland, Oregon.

Starr King taught me that religious leadership must hold together deep integrity, powerful beauty, and boundless love. I strive to embody this message as together, we develop support for our shared vision of a just, sustainable, and loving world.