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Rev. Paul Dodenhoff was raised in an evangelical Christian family, but became interested in other religious paths early in his teens. His own journey led him to study and work within a wide variety of religious and spiritual traditions. While his personal practice is Shin Buddhism, he makes his spiritual home in Unitarian Universalism. He received his B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Drew University, where he also pursued a Masters program in American Religious History specializing in the study of New Religious Movements in America.  A graduate of One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, New York City, Paul is especially interested in exploring the intersection of inter-spirituality, social justice, and social media.   To contact Rev. Dodenhoff, email him at minister@uucpalisades.org. Read Rev. Dodenhoff’s blog here.

Rev. Sonia Ketchian is an Interfaith/Inter-Spiritual Minister, Love Activist, Wedding and Sacred Service Officiant, Meditation Teacher and Inspirational Speaker.

“It feels like I’ve been on a spiritual path from the time I was old enough to recall my thoughts. This path of exploring spirituality and questioning God, life, death, meaning and suffering eventually brought me to the doors of One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, where I received my Ordination in 2013.

As a first-generation Armenian-American, I was raised as an Eastern Orthodox Christian. Adulthood led me to explore many spiritual traditions including Vietnamese Buddhism in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. After a lifetime of study and practice, I have chosen not to be aligned with any one religion or tradition. I guess you can say – Love is my Religion …and at the core of it all.

As the cofounder of “One Spirit in Action” in 2013, much of my work has been facilitating sacred service and activism initiatives.  As a native New Yorker, I’m especially drawn to street ministry and opportunities which serve NYC’s underserved communities.

My hope is to inspire others to be IN ACTION. As a Love Activist, my work is to help dissolve the illusion of separation which is at the core of humanity’s suffering.”