Rev. Inanna Arthen has been serving as the part time contract minister of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Winchendon since May, 2013. Inanna began preaching in UU churches as a guest speaker in 1994 and served on the Ministry Team for the First Parish UU of Ashby, MA from 1994-1995. She earned her Masters of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1998. Her extensive background in spiritual and social service includes ten years with the Boston-based EarthSpirit Community, for which she served on the Board of Directors and the Council of Elders, and ten years as a residential counselor and Team Leader in a domestic violence shelter, where she received training and certification in crisis counseling, mental health and substance abuse issues.
Raised as a UU, Inanna follows an earth-centered tradition and is a strong advocate for the LGBTQI community. She is ordained clergy of the Society of Elder Faiths. Inanna identifies as genderfluid/genderqueer and is a member of TRUUsT. She is a Candidate for UU Fellowship and a member of the UUMA.
Inanna is a published author and runs a small press, By Light Unseen Media. She freelances as a book designer and cover artist and is a trained actor. She has extensive experience working for and with non-profit organizations and running events of all sizes, with a specialty in coordinating event programming. She is on the staff of the annual Boston fan convention, Arisia (attendance 6000+). With her sister, Jill Nicholson Sackett, she co-runs a professional concert band, Winchendon Winds. A self-trained techie, Inanna compulsively collects domains, has been online since 1994 and is doomed to life as a hybrid geek artist. She lives in a house in Winchendon, MA filled with hundreds of books, a redundancy of computers and five rescued cats.