Speaker: Rev. Dr. Pippin Whitaker

The Rev. Dr. Pippin Whitaker (she/her) is Affiliated Community Minister at the UU Congregation of Columbia and the Executive Director of the South Carolina UU Justice Alliance (SCUUJA). Rev. Pippin and colleague Rev. Dr. Jean Heriot co-founded SCUUJA in 2021 to build an alliance of South Carolina Unitarian Universalists acting for justice in partnerships that center the voices and authority of people experiencing injustice, especially BIPOC, LGBTQ, immigrant, and houseless people. SCUUJA provides mutual support of social action among UUs and partners in SC, capacity-building for sustained multicultural partnerships for social action, engaged faith-based allies, and a SC UU community thriving in justice. Rev. Pippin also serves as Co-chair of the Commission on Social Witness of the Unitarian Universalist Association. To UU community ministry, she brings extensive experience in community and organizational change to prevent violence and build anti-oppressive communities. Rev. Dr. Pippin holds a PhD in Social Work and a Master of Social Work with a focus in nonprofit administration and policy from the Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. She also holds a Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School, which is an anti-oppressive, justice-focused divinity school in Chicago, IL. She lives in Chapin, SC with her spouse Steve and their three children, along with two dogs, a cat, and various fish. She enjoys time with her family, running, playing piano, cooking (mostly) healthy food, reading, and admiring the outdoors.