There is a community of people who are walking alongside us, from all over the world and throughout history, inspiring and supporting us as we move forward into a future we can’t yet imagine, but which we know exists, about to be realized in the present moment.

~ Hisae Matsuda

Denominational Work and Interfaith Dialogue

I participate in the work of our denomination out of my belief that Unitarian Universalism offers an open-hearted message for those who have become disillusioned by traditions that seem to separate rather than unify. We hold the breathtaking promise of offering a fractured world the possibilities of a faith affirming all beings. A faith that is justice seeking for people and the earth, even as we hold ourselves accountable for difficult legacies of white supremacy culture and our denomination’s past deeds.*

I work with colleagues of other faith traditions to engage in meaningful dialogue and respectful understanding as we work together toward common cause: to build Beloved Community that is far more principled and nobler than any singular group.

* See Widening the Circle of Concern: Report of the UUA Commission on Institutional Change

Recipient of the Faculty Prize for Religious Leadership
Meadville Lombard Theological School, 2017

Recipient of the Meadville Lombard Chautauqua Award
for Outstanding Promise in Ministry, 2016

Jacqueline has a warm, humor-filled and prophetic worship presence. She understands the honor which is serving as a minister and she treats the tradition which she is part of with reverence. She is also aware that ours is a Living Tradition and she is ready to do her part to make the changes needed for our age and time.

Rev. Leslie Takahashi
Lead Minister, Mt Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church

Serving on our national board, Jacqueline brings experience and wisdom from her previous professional roles, guiding theological insights, unhesitating willingness to call us to our best, and creative problem-solving. Jacqueline has brought new ideas that have meaningfully expanded our reach. In our meetings and less formal conversations, Jacqueline’s presence and engagement regularly moves us forward and does so with grounded hope and joy.

Mary Katherine Morn
President, Lead Executive Officer
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

I have been privileged to serve with Jacqueline Brett on the Board of the UU Service Committee, advancing human rights for marginalized people around the world. Rev. Brett has been an invaluable addition to our Board, bringing wisdom, a passionate commitment to justice-making, deep knowledge of UU theology and practice, and a consistently positive attitude–even in the midst of health concerns and a very full array of ministerial commitments. She initiated and planned a UUSC worship service at the 2021 UUA General Assembly which equally engaged mind and heart. We are richly blessed by her service on our Board.

Rev. Edward D Wight
Chair, UU Service Committee Board of Trustees

I have found Jacqueline to be a person of powerful integrity. In our shared work of nurturing ministry within our tradition, Jacqueline has demonstrated the kind of care, thoughtfulness and engagement our institutions and ministers deserve. I am consistently impressed by her willingness to give herself to the task of bringing about positive change.

Rev. Jacqueline R. Clement
UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee

Rev. Jacqueline is a deep, contemplative thinker and often brings incredibly wise discernment and care to conversations and spaces. Rev. Jacqueline shines her brilliance in a way that is inspiring and deepens the impact of her ministry. She connects with ease and you know and feel her heart as a dedicated, thoughtful, and well-rounded religious professional. I have been delighted to get to know Rev. Jacqueline as a good colleague and friend, and am continually honored to behold her exemplary ministry and leadership in various UU spaces.

Rev. Dr. Rebekah Savage
Minister, UU Congregation of Rockville, MD
Co-Chair of the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee

It is a tremendous privilege and pleasure to work with Jacqueline, she always shows up with her full and brilliant self. She is beautifully skilled at navigating intense terrains with grace, insight, and humor. She has been an amazing Panel member – smart, dedicated, kind, and tough. I hope to have opportunities to work with her again.

Hillary Goodridge
Program Director
UU Funding Program

ERUUF benefits from Rev. Brett’s work with the broader community well beyond the time of her involvement. For example, congregations who know her through their participation in Episcopalians United Against Racism continue to speak positively about her. Also, her ongoing work with the UU Service Committee (UUSC) connects ERUUF to the broader UU community. Because of this, representatives from the UUSC have been invited to speak at ERUUF. Thus, her outside activities have opened new doors and created opportunities for future collaboration.

Committee on Ministry Evaluation
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Rev. Brett is proficient, professional and profound in her teaching and preaching. She is committed to radical inclusion and community engagement. Her public witness is a testament to her faith, commitment to social justice and humanity.

Bishop Clarence Laney, Jr.
Monument of Faith Church
Durham CAN Clergy Caucus Co-Chair
Strategy Team Member

Many clergy members speak about self-care glibly. But when Rev. Brett speaks about self-care, I pay attention. I take seriously her witness to the urgent task of soul care, because I consistently experience her as grounded, rooted, and fully present. Through her character and witness, I feel the tug toward silence, contemplation, and retreat. Again and again, I hear the call to the spiritual life simply through her life and character.

Rev. Tommy Grimm
Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church
Presbyterian Church (USA)

Denominational Involvement

Unitarian Universalist Association

  • Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC), 2021 – present
    • Executive Committee
    • Process Working Group

UU Ministers Association

  • Representative to the MFC, 2021 – present

UU Service Committee

  • Board of Trustees, 2019 – present
    • Co-chair, Nominating Committee
    • Equity & Justice Task Force

UU Funding Program

  • Panel Member, Fund for A Just Society, 2018 – 2021

UU Justice Ministry of NC

  • Board of Trustees, 2017 – 2019

Meadville Lombard Theological School

  • Board of Trustees, 2016 – 2017

UU College of Social Justice

  • Grow Racial Justice Program Facilitator, Summer 2016

UU Association of Membership Professionals

  • Certification Steering Committee, Fall 2014


Interfaith Dialogue

Durham CAN

  • Strategy Team, 2021 – Present
  • Clergy Caucus Co-Chair, 2020 – Present
  • Jobs Action Group Co-Chair, 2020 – Present

End Poverty Durham

  • Faith Summit on Racism and Child Poverty, 2019
  • Planning Team, Program Host

Durham Congregations in Action (DCIA), 2016 – 2018

  • Clergy Representative


Selected Classes and Continuing Education

  • Cultivating Inner Strength: Insight Dialogue Program – Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, 2021
  • Dialogue Across Differences: An Introduction to Reflective Structured Dialogue — Essential Partners, 2016
  • Crossing Boundaries: Multifaith Leadership in the New America — MLTS, 2016