Janice Marie Johnson

Full name: Dr. Janice Marie Johnson

Director of Ministries and Faith Development

Ministries and Faith Development

Email: jmjohnson@uua.org

Telephone: (917) 406-2111

Janice Marie Johnson

Dr. Janice Marie Johnson joined the Ministries and Faith Development staff group in January 2019 as Co-Director and serves as its sole Director as of January 2024. She supports, sustains, and advances multicultural, anti-oppressive, justice-centered, and innovative Unitarian Universalist lay and professional leadership and ministry for all ages. Janice supports the professional lives of religious professionals, especially those of color, those from the trans community, and other marginalized groups.

Since joining the UUA in 2009, Janice has served as Director of Racial and Ethnic Concerns, Multicultural Growth Director, and Multicultural Ministries and Leadership Director in the former Multicultural Growth and Witness staff group.

Janice is excited about the UUA's commitment to dismantling white supremacy culture and building the Beloved Community.* Committed to making multiculturalism “real,” Janice is a Jamaican, a New Yorker, an internationalist, and a “third-culture kid” who grew up all over the world. She has worked with UU congregations worldwide.

As an educator. she previously served as Director of Lifespan Religious Education at the Community Church of New York for many years.

Janice—mother, grandmother, aunt, sibling, and so much more—treasured a unique relationship with her twin sister, Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson.

*Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. popularized the notion of the “Beloved Community,” a term coined by philosopher Josiah Royce. King envisioned the Beloved Community as a society based on justice, equity, and love of others.

From Janice Marie Johnson

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New online hub will offer resources, support for dismantling oppression.

By Nao Bethea, Janice Marie Johnson, Carey McDonald | April 1, 2023 | From UU World
Tagged as: Anti-Racism, Multiculturalism, Faith Development

The Living Legacy Project’s mission is to provide experiential education about the American Civil Rights Movement that challenges, inspires, and equips people from diverse backgrounds and identities for justice work in their communities and beyond in order to create a just and equitable world fre...

Immersion Experience | By Gordon D. Gibson, Judy Gibson, Annette S. Marquis, Janice Marie Johnson, Hope Johnson, Carlton Elliott Smith | June 1, 2022 | For Youth, Adults | From The Mosaic
Tagged as: UU History, Civil Rights & Religious Liberty, Anti-Racism, Voting Rights, History

Nuanced, surprising, and beautiful, Unitarian Universalism joins together myriad sources and experiences.

By Janice Marie Johnson, James Ishmael Ford, Abhi Prakash Janamanchi, Amanda Poppei | May 1, 2022 | From Spirit
Tagged as: Personal Stories, UU Beliefs, UU Theology

Letter from the UUA administration.

By Jessica York, Carey McDonald, Janice Marie Johnson | September 1, 2020 | From UU news
Tagged as: Anti-Oppression, Diversity, Inclusion, Oppression, Race/Ethnicity, Racial Justice & Multicultural Ministries

In April of this year, in Washington DC, my Aunt Mae learns that she has to fight an aggressive cancer that is overtaking her blood system. She is shipped to a low-standard hospital, rather than to the better hospital closer to her home.

By Janice Marie Johnson | June 8, 2020 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: #COVID19, Families & Faith Development, Racial Justice

Editor's Note: This charge was offered by Dr. Janice Marie Johnson, UUA Multicultural Ministries and Leadership Director, for the installation of Reverend Dawn Fortune on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore, NJ. We are...

By Janice Marie Johnson | October 10, 2018 | From Uplift

Most recently, I had the pleasure of hosting our UU religious professionals of color at our yearly retreat, Finding Our Way Home. This annual gathering is precious, sacred time for many of us, and this year was no different....

By Janice Marie Johnson | August 17, 2018 | From Justice and Inclusion

An interview with Rev. Hope Johnson, one of two women of color granted emerita status in 2018.

By Hope Johnson, Janice Marie Johnson, UUA LGBTQ and Multicultural Ministries, Ministries and Faith Development | August 17, 2018 | From Justice and Inclusion
Tagged as: #BlackLivesMatter, Ministerial Transitions, Racial Justice & Multicultural Ministries

Fast forward to a couple of months ago when my 80-year old godfather called to share the news that his beloved country, Trinidad and Tobago, had finally changed its legislation on Thursday, April 12, when Judge Devindra Rampersad “determined that sections of the Sexual Offences Act… criminalised consensual same-sex activity between adults, and were unconstitutional.”

By Janice Marie Johnson | June 7, 2018 | From Uplift

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Spirit | UU World

Stitching a Layered Faith

Janice Marie Johnson, James Ishmael Ford, Abhi Prakash Janamanchi, Amanda Poppei

From Spirit
Nuanced, surprising, and beautiful, Unitarian Universalism joins together myriad sources and experiences.

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