Introducing Rev. Jane Thickstun

Our Minister

Meet our Minister

Rev. Jane Thickstun was ordained in 2000 after receiving her Masters in Divinity from the Meadville Lombard Theological School earlier that year.  She also has a Master of Arts Degree and Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University.  Since her ordination, Rev. Jane has served as a settled Minister at the UU Fellowship of Midland, Michigan and the Keene, New Hampshire UU Church.  She has also served as an Interim Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca and the UU Congregation of the Hudson Valley.  In addition, she has served as a Chaplain at a nursing home in Westmoreland, New Hampshire and a Campus Minister and Adjunct Faculty Member at Keene (NH) State College.

Rev. Jane possesses many talents both in the pulpit and out.  Amongst these are a strong presence on Sunday mornings and a willingness to challenge conventional thinking in her free exercise of the pulpit.  These sermons become all the more effective with her excellent planning and preparation skills. These produce services that seamlessly weave music, readings, prayer, time for all ages, and mediations towards a common theme and message in the sermon.  In addition, Rev Jane’s passions outside of Sunday mornings, include the religious education and youth programs, green sanctuary, social justice surrounding marginalized communities, and – of course – music, make her the perfect fit for UUCNH.  And she is funny; we spend many hours laughing together!

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In her Spare Time

In her spare time, as mentioned, Rev. Jane has a passion for contra dancing and plans to enjoy time with other dancers in the Pittsburgh area when the pandemic is over.  She is also an avid runner and loves the outdoors, specifically hiking and kayaking.  An admitted “sun worshiper,” her ideal summer is one spent outside.  She also enjoys singing. When she isn’t on the move, she spends time with her two cats, Waldo and Oscar.

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Upcoming Services

Improv’n Your Life

December 4 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Improv may be the art of making it up as you go along, kind of like life, but even improv has rules.  We will share how these rules can be applied to both improv and life. Plus, have some fun while doing it.

Holiday Pageant: “A World of Winter Lights”

December 11 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

In the past we have retold many old stories from around the world at this special time of year, reliving and rethinking some of our holiday traditions. A common thread woven through many winter holiday traditions and stories is the presence of light – the light of a candle, a star, a bonfire – the [...]

Songs and Stories

December 18 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

The Christmas story has inspired beautiful music for many centuries.  Come to hear our wonderful choir sing some favorites, and to consider what Christian stories may mean to us as UUs

Christmas Eve Service

December 24 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a Christmas Eve potluck and a service of traditional readings and hymns, with a few twists.