Join Rev. Julia Hamilton for White Christian Nationalism: More Than Just Politics as Usual on February 14, 2024 at the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara. White Christian Nationalism, and the worldview it espouses, presents a real and urgent threat to the idea of a pluralistic democracy. We are at a turning point. How do we understand this movement, not just in the political sphere,but in all the ways it seeks to influence and control the social fabric of our nation? How do we mobilize to counteract this worldview as we face a critical election that will shape the fate of our nation for generations to come?
The Rev. Julia Hamilton serves as the Lead Minister of the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara. She began her ministry in 2015. Born in Santa Barbara, she moved away at a young age to New Orleans and has since lived in many places including New York City, Boston, Jersey City, and Los Angeles. She graduated from UCSB in 1998 with a degree in Theater Arts with an emphasis on writing and directing.She worked in theater and television in Los Angeles for several years and then enrolled in Harvard Divinity School graduating in 2008. She was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist in 2010.
Prior to moving back to California, she spent two years as the Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey, a statewide advocacy network that helped organize UU congregations to bring their values into the public square. She has testified at the statehouse in Trenton, NJ, walked the halls in Sacramento, and worked with interfaith coalitions on issues ranging from immigration justice, housing, LGBTQ+ rights, reproductive justice, and gun violence. Here in Santa Barbara, she has served on the Board of the UU Justice Ministry of California, CLUESB (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice) and most recently as the President of the Board of The Fund for Santa Barbara.