Hi, I’m Rev. Joanna Lubkin, a New England-based wedding officiant. Raised and rooted in Judaism, my life’s work is as an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. I’m passionate about creating rituals and fostering communities that are relevant, inclusive, accessible, pluralistic, and playful. Officiating weddings gives me great joy, as we co-create a moment that you will treasure forever.
Day-to-day, I serve as the Unitarian Universalist Chaplain at Wellesley College, supporting young adults of all faiths (and no faith). I work for the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, providing programmatic support for my fellow ministers. I am an affiliated community minister at Arlington Street Church in Boston’s Back Bay, and I sing in their choir. I’m also a musician and leader at The Sanctuary Boston, a community of worship and connection grounded in Unitarian Universalism and open to seekers of all kinds.
Growing up deeply connected to Judaism, I always wanted to learn from all faith traditions and seek wisdom wherever it could be found. I was a Jewish Studies major in college, I did a community organizing fellowship with the Jewish Organizing Initiative, and I even studied at Hebrew College Rabbinical School. When I first found Unitarian Universalism, it was the open, pluralistic community I had always sought. It wasn’t long before I saw that I could best serve the world as a UU minister, and I transferred to Andover Newton Theological School and graduated with my Masters of Divinity. After a long journey, I was ordained on May 1, 2016.
Couples have found that my own multi-sourced faith background has been a great match for their multi-sourced backgrounds. Weaving together what’s meaningful to you as a couple — be it religious backgrounds, cultural traditions, or even a shared love of Dr. Who — is a beautiful way to honor you and your love authentically. And it would be my honor to be there alongside you.