Reverend Joan Javier-Duval, Minister
Email Joan or call her at 802-223-7861 ext. 1
The Reverend Joan Javier-Duval began her ministry at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier (UCM) in August 2015. She previously served as the Intern Minister and then Consulting Minister of the Unitarian Society of Germantown in Philadelphia, PA, and as a student chaplain at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. She has also served as a Guest Preacher at over a dozen congregations in Vermont and greater New England. Rev. Joan was installed as the settled minister of UCM on Sunday, April 3, 2016.
Before responding to her call to ministry, Rev. Joan followed a call to public service as a community and political organizer and nonprofit leader. Joan organized young voters in New Mexico, fought for workers’ rights in Boston, MA, and trained progressive political leaders in Washington, DC. She also volunteered her time serving the Asian-American community as an advocate for women’s rights and immigrant and worker justice. In these contexts and through her ministerial training, Rev. Joan developed her passion and dedication to social and economic justice, anti-racism and anti-oppression, and creating Beloved Community.
Rev. Joan believes in the power of Unitarian Universalist community to connect us deeply to one another and to the interdependent web of existence. Her personal theology is influenced by her Roman Catholic roots, historic Unitarianism and Universalism, contemporary Unitarian Universalism, progressive Christianity, and engaged Buddhism.
She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, the daughter of immigrants from the Philippines. She is a 2003 graduate of Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA and earned her Master of Divinity degree in 2012 from Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT.
Rev. Joan, her husband, Jared, and son, Liam have lived in Montpelier since August 2014. Together, they enjoy hiking the area’s beautiful trails, eating delicious local food, and finding adventures in day to day life. Joan also enjoys yoga, running, photography, and playing her ukulele.
Rev. Joan is available by appointment on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.