Who We Are
Our Staff Team
Rev. Dr. Jean Heriot
Rev. Dr. Jean (she/her) is a UU community minister and member of Aiken UU Church. She served for 17 years as Director of Service Learning at Hastings College, NE and has extensive experience in advocacy and community social justice work. She also lead social justice classes/work in Guatemala, Mexico and the Caribbean. As a South Carolina native, Heriot has an intimate knowledge of the legacy of racism in SC and a theological commitment to the see-think-act model of transformative development.
REv. Dr. Pippin Whitaker
Board Member, SCUUJA & Executive Director, SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
Board Chair, SCUUJA & Member, UU Church of Spartanburg
How do you tell your UU story?
I joined my first UU congregation in Ohio in 1979, after the birth of my twins. When we moved to SC, we joined the Greenville UU Fellowship and later the Spartanburg UU Church as we moved again. Over the years, I have enjoyed serving in religious education, Sunday services, fundraising, finance, social justice, and three times as President of UUCS.
What is at the heart of your social justice passion?
Church-State Separation. I was founder and Chapter President for Americans United for Separation of Church and State Upstate SC Chapter for 13 of the 15 years that the Chapter was active. We closed our Upstate SC Chapter in February, 2021 due to structural changes in the national organization.
What excites you about the new SC UU Justice Alliance?
First, the leadership abilities of both Rev. Dr. Pippin Whitaker and Rev. Dr. Jean Heriot. I am also excited about the potential to unite UU social justice programs with our 10 Congregations in South Carolina!
Board Secretary, SCUUJA & Social Justice Chair, Unitarian Church in Charleston
The following organizations have made a formal commitment in support of the South Carolina UU Justice Alliance.
Aiken UU Church
Clayton Memorial UU Church
SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
Unitarian Church in Charleston