Joined the staff in 2015.
My name is Jennifer (Jenner) Daelyn, and I am the Membership Coordinator here at First Church. I am originally from Tucson, Arizona, where I attended the University of Arizona and graduated with a degree in English and Creative Writing and also had the opportunity to study abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Following graduation, I moved to Philadelphia to be with the woman who is now my wife, Kiona Daelyn, as she studied Dance Education at University of the Arts. In Philadelphia, I coordinated a food pantry for people living with HIV and AIDS at an LGBT health center in the middle of downtown. I discovered a real calling to help people in need – especially people in marginalized populations facing systemic oppression and poverty.
After two winters on the East Coast, Kiona and I decided to move to San Diego for the beach, the wonderful weather, and the progressive politics of California. We were married in Arizona on the Summer Solstice in 2012, and had our union recognized legally in California in 2013.
While here in San Diego, I have worked as a fundraiser for an environmental organization, and as the coordinator of a food pantry that served people who are homeless, low-income families and seniors, and active-duty military families. I am passionate about food justice issues and I believe that access to safe, healthy food is the foundation upon which everything else in life is built.
I first came to First Church through the Earth Centered Spirituality Circle soon after coming to San Diego. I was raised in a conservative, non-denominational Christian church, but realized as a young teen that the spiritual practice that spoke to me the most was Earth-centered and pagan. After meeting the members of the ECSC and attending services, the UU community at this church felt like what I had been searching for.
I am glad to be a part of this team and to help others to find a sense of belonging in this church family. I believe that fellowship and acceptance can be profoundly healing, and I am thrilled to be able to be a part in that dynamic and healing process for new members of this church.
Phone (619) 398-4443 | Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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