Who We Are
Our Staff Team
Rev. Nathan Woodliff-stanley
Rev. Nathan (he/him) is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister who is affiliated as a Community Minister at the Unitarian Church in Charleston. He moved to South Carolina from Denver, Colorado in 2021 after his wife, Ruth Woodliff-Stanley, was elected Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina (one of two Episcopal dioceses in the state). Nathan was the founder of a statewide association of nonprofit organizations in Mississippi, and he served for eight years in social justice ministry in Colorado before becoming Executive Director of the ACLU of Colorado for nearly eight more years. He is committed to a model of social justice centering the voices of people experiencing injustice and rooted in Unitarian Universalist values.
Rev. Dr. Jean Heriot
Rev. Dr. Jean (she/her) is a UU community minister and member of Aiken UU Church. She co-founded SCUUJA with the Rev. Dr. Pippin Whitaker in 2021. 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 led 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.
Board Member, SCUUJA & Executive Director, SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
Board Member, SCUUJA & Social Justice Committee Chair, Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Board Member, SCUUJA & Organizer, SC Women's Rights & Empowerment Network
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 Treasurer, SCUUJA & Social Justice Team Chair, Unitarian Church in Charleston
Board Member, SCUUJA & President, NAACP SC State Conference
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