Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan
I completed my MDIV at The Iliff School Theology in Denver and graduated on June 4, 2014. I met with the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee on March 29, 2014 and was granted final fellowship in February 2018. I was called by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka in July 2014 and have lived and served there since August 2014 with my family.
I have served on the board of Kansas Interfaith Topeka for four years, 2.5 as board chair and as an organizer for the Kansas People’s Agenda, a collective and Kansas people and organizations developing a grassroots agenda for and bringing grassroots voices to the state capital. I also participated in a continuing education program sponsored by the UUMA called “Beyond the Call 3: Grounding and Growing our Prophetic Ministries,” a program for Unitarian Universalist ministers to participate in an 18 month learning community that will help them develop and deepen their skills in the practice of prophetic ministry. In January 2019 this group met in Tuscon Arizona and included supportive work for the organizing efforts of No More Deaths and witness work with Borderlinks. Led by Matthew Armstead and Rev. Rhetta Morgan, under the auspices of Training for Change and co-facilitated by Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen, I have grown as a minister, organizer, and human being fighting for justice with other humans in the struggle.
Prior to ministry, I worked first as a community organizer in Dallas TX, and then for 11 years as an administrator and faculty member at El Centro College, directing a federal TRiO program. In addition, I taught in the Dallas County Jail Program. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in interdisciplinary social science and an MPA from University of North Texas. In 2008, I moved with my family to Denver in pursuit of a Masters of Divinity at the Iliff School of Theology to become a UU minister. While in Denver, I worked at Community College of Denver as the First Year Experience Coordinator, leaving in August 2010 to pursue my MDIV full-time. While in seminary, I assisted with the UUA pilot project called “Leap of Faith” which engaged congregations as learning communities and I served as an intern chaplain at St. Anthony North Hospital. I also served as a ministerial intern for the 2012-13 year at Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and worked as a student consulting minister with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laramie part time from June 2013 to July 2014. A Unitarian Universalist since 1993, I have been a member at the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, First Unitarian in Dallas, and First Unitarian Society of Denver, serving in many roles including religious education teacher, stewardship, women’s group leader, secretary of the board, and various social justice projects. In 2001 I traveled with Results to El Salvador to learn about micro-credit enterprises and in 2006 I traveled with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee to Guatemala to learn about fair trade coffee and the work of Equal Exchange.