Jonipher Kūpono Kwong

Full name: Rev Dr. Jonipher Kūpono Kwong

Ministerial Credentialing Director

Ministries and Faith Development


Telephone: (617) 948-4268

Jonipher Kwong

The Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kūpono Kwong currently serves as Ministerial Credentialing Director and was previously Congregational Life Staff for the Pacific Western Region. He is also a Program Leader for the UU College of Social Justice. Jonipher currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Born and raised in the Philippines, most of Jonipher's adult life was spent in California and Hawai'i. He served as the Minister of the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu—where President Barack Obama went to Sunday School as a child. Jonipher founded ‘Ohana Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) in Honolulu, served as interim minister at Resurrection Beach MCC, and consulting minister at Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society and the Temecula Valley Unitarian Universalist Community. His nonprofit experience included serving as Executive Director of the Counseling & Spiritual Care Center of Hawai‘i and API Equality-LA.

Raised in an ecumenical background, Dr. Kwong values his pluralistic upbringing—from Evangelical to United Methodist, Episcopalian to Calvary Chapel. He was christened at a Gospel church and baptized as a Chinese Mennonite. In Hawai‘i, Jonipher was a member of the Honolulu Mindfulness Community, a sangha influenced by Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hahn. ​Dr. Kwong obtained his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Claremont School of Theology. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Prior to getting 'the call,' Jonipher worked in the film industry for three years, followed by two years as a Graphics Specialist at McKinsey & Company in Los Angeles.

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Better Together | Central East Region

LeaderLab Offers Resources, Classes and More for Congregational Leaders

Kathy McGowan, Jonipher Kūpono Kwong, Renee Ruchotzke

From Better Together
As Susan Frederick-Gray mentioned during her president’s report at General Assembly in June, LeaderLab is a tremendous resource for congregational leaders.


Technical Guidance on Virtual Voting for Online Congregational Meetings

Larry Stritof, Jonipher Kūpono Kwong

From LeaderLab
Guidelines and recommended platforms for voting by computer, device, or phone.
Strategic Leadership (Training)

UU Leadership Institute, Jonipher Kūpono Kwong, Kathy McGowan, Renee Ruchotzke

From LeaderLab
Develop a deeper understanding of how to focus your congregation on mission, build trust and develop a cohesive leadership team.
Centered Leadership Part Two (Training)

UU Leadership Institute, Jonipher Kūpono Kwong, Kathy McGowan, Renee Ruchotzke

From LeaderLab
Learn healthy leadership practices, communication and conflict skills, the importance of being mission-focused and how to communicate across differences.
Centered Leadership Part One (Training)

UU Leadership Institute, Jonipher Kūpono Kwong, Kathy McGowan, Renee Ruchotzke

From LeaderLab
Online Leadership School for new leaders and those interested in possible leadership.
Starting a RACI Conversation

Jonipher Kūpono Kwong

From LeaderLab
RACI charts are helpful to be clear about shared process, especially the part about which body gets to have “final” say.
Staffing and Interdependence: When a Staff Member Changes Congregations

Jan Gartner, Jonipher Kūpono Kwong, UUA Ministries and Faith Development: Office of Church Staff Finances, UUA Congregational Life Staff Group

From LeaderLab
When a staff member changes congregations, these values and suggestions can help uphold sound processes and healthy relationships.
CAR Care: Building Trust Among Leaders

Jonipher Kūpono Kwong, Pacific Western Region of the UUA

From LeaderLab
CAR Care Leads to Trust Based on… Thin Book of Trust by Charles Feltman When assessing...

Pacific Western Region

Shifting from Either/Or to Both/And

Jonipher Kūpono Kwong

From Pacific Western Region
Many of our congregations can sometimes get stuck in polarized, either/or thinking. Are you an atheist or a theist? Are you racist or woke? The deeper spiritual truth is such divisions are an illusion.

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