REv. Peggy Clarke
Rev. Peggy Clarke arrived at the First Unitarian Society in August, 2011 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 a variety of justice issues. 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 community gardens around Northern Westchester 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 and The Interfaith Food Pantry and has created a new type of farmers market at Neighbor's Link to ensure equal access to local food to lower income residents.
Peggy is a GreenFaith Fellow and has served on the board for the Westchester Anti-Racism Alliance, the UU Food Justice Ministry, and our denomination's climate justice initiative Commit2Respond and our 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 three dogs.
Rev. Clarke blogs for Huffington Post here.