UU Wellesley Hills has a long history as a teaching parish. We generally employ a ministerial intern, either full-time for one year or part-time for two. Interns' training is supported by our Senior Minister and a committee of congregation members, and is funded by a special endowment we have established in honor of our minister emeritus, John Hay Nichols.
Joan DeArtemis is our Intern and Summer Minister, and she came here to UU Wellesley Hills from Southern California in June 2019. She provided pulpit supply for her area and was a regular guest preacher at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside, in addition to officiating at weddings, funerals and baby blessings. Joan also served as a hospice chaplain after completing a 13-month chaplaincy residency at Yuma Regional Medical Center, a Level 1 trauma center where she received specialized training. Additionally, Joan also has made herself available to assist seniors with memory issues with the use of their computers, a task which she likes to call “Technical Pastoral Care.”
In the past, Joan has served as Office Administrator at the Monte Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation, research assistant to Catholic feminist theologian Dr. Rosemary Radford Ruether, and faculty for Cherry Hill Seminary, where she has taught Spiritual Care and Homiletics online courses. She received her Master of Divinity in 2014 from Claremont
School of Theology, as well as certification in Mental Health First Aid from NAMI. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University in 2008 and, while there, worked in Hendricks Chapel as Proctor for the Chapel and Office Coordinator for the Protestant Campus Ministries, served as elder for the school’s Pagan group (SPIRAL), and even played accordion in the Klezmer band!
Joan has skills in facilitating inter-religious dialogue, providing care for the marginalized (including those in the LGBTQ community), and offering support to the dying and their loved ones. She is passionate about environmental and social justice, too. Before following the call towards ministry, Joan worked as a database applications developer, a mobile pet groomer, a technical test engineer, and an electro-mechanical inspector in aerospace. She relocated to Massachusetts with her wife Cathy Nicles, who is just beginning her career as an Urban Planner. Joan will conclude her two-year, part-time internship with us in June 2021.
Former ministerial interns include:
Sarah Bellows Meister
Nancy Palmer Jones
Sara E. Ascher
Margie King Saphier
Elsa Hagberg Worth
Phyllis B. O'Connell