Our Minister

Rev. Inanna Arthen has served as the part time 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. This experience led to three years at Harvard Divinity School and the awarding of an M.Div degree in 1998. Inanna’s extensive background in spiritual and social service includes ten years with the Boston-based EarthSpirit Community, for which they 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, which included training and certification in crisis counseling, mental health and substance abuse intervention.

Raised as a UU, Inanna follows an earth-centered spiritual path and is ordained clergy of the Society of Elder Faiths, as well as a member of Covenant of the Goddess and the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS). A strong advocate for the LGBTQI community, Inanna identifies as non-binary genderfluid/genderqueer and is a member of TRUUsT. Inanna is a Candidate for UU Fellowship, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association and serves as the Administrator for the Unitarian Universalist Society for Community Ministries.

Inanna is a published author and runs a small press, By Light Unseen Media. Freelancing as a book designer and writer help pay the bills. A self-trained techie, Inanna compulsively collects domains, has been online since 1994 and is resigned to life as a geek artist. Inanna lives in a house in Winchendon, MA filled with hundreds of books, a redundancy of computers and a varying number of rescued and foster cats.

Contact Inanna at iarthen [at] inannaarthen.com.