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About the Authors (Heeding the Call)

Nicole Bowmer

Nicole Bowmer has been the Religious Education Assistant at First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon since 2006. As a writer, editor and outreach coordinator, her involvement with grassroots environmental and social justice projects has included work in Iraq as well as numerous waterway conservation and protection efforts in the Pacific Northwest and New England.

She is the author of Bless This House, a collection of photographs and stories from three adjoining mobile home communities that were shut down in 2007. The book is now a resource for non-profit organizations working to preserve affordable housing options in Oregon.

Jodi Tharan

Jodi Tharan, M.Ed. is presently studying for the Master of Divinity at Starr King School for the Ministry, where she will be a Starr King Teaching Fellow in Spring 2011. In 2009, Jodi received the Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley Grant from the UUWF. This grant afforded her the time to be on the Worship Committee at Starr King. She has designed curricula for First Five of California & Seneca Center—agencies that serve immigrants, foster children and strengthen early childhood education. Jodi is an observant Jew and a candidate for UU religious leadership.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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