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Sana SaeedTitle: Intern
Currently, Sana is the Director of Youth Programs for the First Church in Belmont in MA. She is also working on her third graduate degree as a Master of Divinity candidate at Harvard Divinity School (HDS). Additionally, she will be finishing up a term serving as the Chaplain Intern for the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life at HDS. Born in Manchester, UK she moved to the USA when she was sixteen. As a dual
citizen, she grew up in a Pakistani home with the fortune of learning Urdu, Punjabi, as well as, English. Her upbringing inspired her love for traveling. Hence, she has traveled to twenty-seven countries so far. She became interested in Unitarian Universalism, after being hired as a Director of Youth Ministry for the UU Church of Arlington, where she frequently was asked the question, “What is a Muslim doing
working in a church?”. Since then she’s been immersed in UU and Muslim communities through various interfaith endeavors and hopes to become one of the handful of UU Muslim ministers’ part of the UU community today. Professionally, she has had eight years of work experience working with youth organizing, religion and peacebuilding, interfaith dialogue, and youth leadership development with
organizations including the Interfaith Alliance, Unitarian Universalist Association’s summer programs such as Thrive and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Sana is excited to be writing her senior seminar thesis on people holding multi-religious identities in Unitarian Universalist communities. Additionally, she is editing and compiling essays by multi-religious authors to be published as a book by
Skinner House Publications this year.
From 2013 – 2014 Sana lived in Tokyo, Japan and Yangon, Myanmar as a Rotary Peace Fellow documenting ethno-religious tensions and discrimination between Burmese Muslims and Buddhists, which was published this year in the book, Practical Approaches to Peacebuilding: Putting Theory to Work. After graduation she hopes to continue to work with youth, religion and peacebuilding working in Unitarian Universalist and Muslim communities.