On August 15, 2018 we welcomed the Rev. Jenny M. Rankin as our Interim Senior Minister. Jenny will work with the Board and the Transition Team to help the congregation accomplish the 5 interim ministry goals recommended for a congregation in transition between settled ministers.
Jenny was born in Boston and raised as a Unitarian Universalist at King’s Chapel. She graduated from Princeton University, lived in Paris, worked as a community organizer and then earned her MDiv at Harvard Divinity School. Jenny served as Minister at First Parish in Concord from 1997-2012, and then received specialized training in transitional ministry. Lincoln is the seventh congregation she has served as Interim Minister. She enjoys working with lay leaders as they identify key questions to address in the interim between settled ministers.
Jenny loves to learn, especially in community with others. She has taught classes on Transcendentalism, Celtic spirituality, prayer and the contemplative tradition, spiritual autobiography and creativity as a spiritual practice. Sometimes, she takes the learning “on the road,” as she leads seminars, walking tours and retreats both locally and in Europe. Recently, she has co-led contemplative retreats on the island of Iona off the west coast of Scotland. In 2021, Jenny earned a certificate in Spiritual Direction at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.
Jenny lives in Concord, Mass with her husband Rich Higgins, author and photographer. They have three children, now young adults. And a much-loved dog named Finn!