Rev. Julie Taylor, Affiliate Minister
affiliateminister@emersonuuchapel.org


Characteristics:

  • Creative
  • Empathetic
  • Resourceful
  • Dedicated

Background:

  • Growing up, Julie's parents were missionaries with the North American Indian Mission and American Indian Crusade.
  • After high school, Julie moved to New York City (NYC) in 1988 to pursue a career in acting.
  • Was introduced to Unitarian Universalism by a fellow volunteer chaplain working in the aftermath of 9/11 in NYC
  • Began process of UU affiliation in 2006

Credentials:

  • Ordained as a Congregationalist minister by Westminster Congregationalist Church in Salem, Oregon, in 2001
  • Ordained as a UU minister by the Fourth Universalist Society, in NYC, in 2010

Experience:

  • Volunteer chaplain at St. Paul's Chapel at the World Trade Center site, in New York City, after 9-11
  • Worked for Disaster Chaplaincy Services, in NYC, beginning as a volunteer in 2002 and rising to executive director and now consultant for training and deployment
  • Responder for the UU Trauma Response Ministry since 2007 and board member since 2009
  • Acting minister of youth education, Fourth Universalist Society, 2010-12
  • Affiliate minister with Emerson since 2013
  • Acting minister of religious education for children and youth at Emerson, 2013-14
  • Director, Unitarian Universalist House of Studies, Eden Theological Seminary, in St. Louis, since 2014
  • Chaplain (1st Lt.) with the New York Air National Guard, 109th Airlift Wing, since 2014

Education:

  • Studied drama at the Institute for the Performing Arts in the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, in NYC
  • Earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, New School University, in NYC
  • Earned a Master of Divinity degree, Union Theological Seminary, in NYC

Personal:

  • Married to Rev. Dr. Laurel Koepf Taylor, an ordained United Church of Christ minister, who became assistant professor at Eden Theological Seminary in 2012. Their son was born that same year.
  • Enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with friends, and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals