Janine Larsen

Director of Ministries

As Director of Ministries, Janine oversees church programs and staff who support learning, spiritual deepening, connection & communications, congregational service, and leadership development. Prior to joining UUC staff in July, 2016, Janine served the Unitarian Universalist Association in the Pacific Northwest for twelve years, and worked in nonprofit management and consulting for 25 years before that. She is a UU lay leader whose first UU church was in Woodinville, WA, where she served in a variety of leadership roles including Board President.

Janine has practiced Zen Buddhism since 2001. She took Jukai in 2005 from Chozen Bays, Roshi, & Hogen Bays, Roshi, at Great Vow Zen Monstery in Oregon and became a Community Zen Leader in 2013 after completing a three year training program with them. In 2015, Janine began studying with the Rev. James Myoun Ford, Roshi (Open Moon Zen Network). She was named a Dharma Teacher in 2017 and a Senior Dharma Teacher in 2018. Janine is preparing for ordination as a Soto Zen priest.

Janine and her spouse are both Seattle natives and have a daughter in Portland and a son in Woodinville.

Office hours:  Wednesday afternoons and all day Thursday; other hours by appointment.

Contact Janine through the UUC Connections Desk, (206) 454-7711 or by completing the email form on this page.