REv. Peggy Clarke
Rev. Peggy Clarke arrived in August, 2011 at the First Unitarian Society with twenty years of experience in ministry behind her. Rev. Clarke holds a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and Peace Studies and a Masters in Historical Theology with a concentration in Medieval Mysticism from Boston College. Her doctoral work was in American Religious History.
After school, Rev. Clarke was a campus minister at St. Anselm’s College in New Hampshire and then became a supervisor at Covenant House in NYC where she worked with homeless and runaway teens. She briefly taught high school theology and went on to become a chaplain at Iona College where she also taught in the Religious Studies department and co-directed the Iona Spirituality Institute for ten years.
During her time at Iona, Rev. Clarke created a nationally acclaimed alternative break program which brought her around the country and abroad to teach about justice. Some of the more significant locations include a squatters’ village in Nogales, Mexico, Lake Traverse Reservation in South Dakota and a migrant worker community in Immokalee, Florida.
After making the decision to enter Unitarian Universalist ministry, she took classes at Starr King School for the Ministry, completed an internship at the UU Fellowship in Poughkeepsie and Clinical Pastoral Education at Greenwich Hospital. She was ordained in October 2010.
Rev. Clarke is the co-founder of InterGenerate, a local non-profit dedicated to food justice and the encouragement of local resourcing. InterGenerate has founded a community garden in Mt. Kisco, another in Chappaqua, a communal garden in Katonah and launched the Heritage Egg Co-op at John Jay Homestead in 2012. Committed to creating equal access to food that’s good, clean and fair, InterGenerate supplies the Westchester Food Bank, The Interfaith Food Pantry, Neighbor's Link and is working in partnership with the Westchester Land Trust and local farmers to design a new model for farmers markets in low-income neighborhoods.
Peggy is currently a member of the Board of the Westchester Anti-Racism Alliance and is a GreenFaith Fellow. Rev. Clarke chairs the UU Food Justice Ministry, and our denomination's climate justice initiative Commit2Respond. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the UU Environmental Justice Collaboratory and was one of our denomination's representatives at the United Nations' climate summit in Paris (COP 21).
Rev. Clarke lives in northern Westchester County with her husband, son and two dogs.
Rev. Clarke blogs for Huffington Post here.