Rev. Antonia Won became our Developmental Minister on August 15th, 2014. She received her U.S. visa in March 2015, and has moved to Bend.
Rev. Antonia was born and raised in Canada. She was part of the Congregational Development staff at the Canadian Unitarian Council, serving congregations from Vancouver Island to Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Ministry is Rev. Antonia's second profession. She is a 1984 graduate of the University of Toronto with a degree in Landscape Architecture and worked for several years as a project manager and designer of large-scale theme parks.
After a period raising her two children and serving in many volunteer capacities at her local Unitarian Universalist church, she returned to school graduating with a Masters of Divinity from the Vancouver School of Theology in 2003.
She completed internships at the First Unitarian Church of Victoria, BC and the First Unitarian Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She served as a consulting minister for two congregations in Montana for a year before taking her current job with the Canadian Unitarian Council.
She also served as President and VP, Communications & Marketing for Eliot Institute, an intergenerational Unitarian Universalist camp program affiliated with the Pacific Northwest District. She is a third generation Unitarian Universalist who is known as a natural group leader and "big picture" systems thinker.
In her own words, "Trust building, communication and laughter are cornerstones of my ministry.... I seek to engage people in ways that foster connection and creativity, aiming to draw deeper into life's experience to find sources of compassion, strength and hope. Relying on story, reflection or personal anecdote, I reveal my own struggles and questions, inviting people to explore their own experience and insight."