Rev. Chris and Lauren

Meet The Ministers

The Revs. Lauren Smith and Chris Holton Jablonski consider it a joy and a privilege to serve South Church as its two settled ministers. Our congregation called Lauren and Chris to serve our community in April, 2011. Their ministry has been a wonderful fit with our independent, engaged and dynamic congregation.

Lauren and Chris are a married couple, with three young children.

Chris was born in New England, the son of a Unitarian Universalist minister and an active lay leader. He studied religion at Boston University, and went to seminary at Starr King School for the Ministry (www.sksm.edu) in Berkeley, California. Chris is a gifted minister and a dynamic storyteller. He enjoys leading worship, helping to make connections between members, and our annual social justice service trips for adults and youth. He also loves fishing, his family and the Patriots.

Lauren grew up in Northern California, but has strong ties to New England and Unitarian Universalism that extend back many generations. Her family first settled in Massachusetts before the end of the Civil War. Her forbears were free African-American people living in North Carolina in the 1850’s, but the family made the dangerous journey north to find a better life. Lauren cherishes the message of liberation and wholeness at the heart of the Unitarian Universalist religious tradition. She enjoys preaching, meditation, working with lay leaders, and social witness. In addition to being a Unitarian Universalist minister, Lauren is also a student of Zen Buddhism in the Kwan Um School (www.kwanumzen.org). Lauren studied theater arts as an undergraduate at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and attended seminary at Starr King School for the Ministry. She loves live music, reading, and all kinds of dancing.