The Rev. Lara Hoke is a life-long Unitarian Universalist and was ordained to UU ministry on March 30, 2008. She began her settled ministry at First Church Unitarian in Littleton on August 1, 2018. Before that, she was the consulting minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover (2009-2018).
Before becoming a parish minister, Lara did a year-long, full-time chaplain residency at a busy hospital. She also served as a hospice chaplain for two years. Prior to chaplaincy, Lara was the Program Director for Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light, helping congregations to become more energy efficient and to consider renewable energy options.
Lara is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and Cornell University and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. She is particularly interested in issues of environmental justice; economic justice; anti-racism; and LGBTQ+ equality. Lara is also committed to animal welfare. She is a former member of the Board of Trustees (Secretary) for the UU Animal Ministry. She is also a former Board member of the UU Mass Action Network and the UU Ministry for Earth (Treasurer).
She lives in Lowell with her wife, Emily, and their terrier mix, Digory. Lara is an amateur musician and plays bass in a Lowell-based band. She has a private blog called Fool of Spirit (the opinions there are her own).
You can listen to/watch her sermons at this link.