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Meet the St. Lawrence Scholars

St. Lawrence Foundation generously provided scholarships for two students in the academic year 2012-2013. Read on to learn about the two outstanding students chosen for this scholarship award. 

Thank you St. Lawrence Foundation for funding student scholarship aid!


Jorge Espinel was born and raised in Villavicencio, Columbia. He came to the U.S. in 2007 and has lived in Chicago for the last five years. In the spiritual teachings of yoga and Vedanta, he found a meaningful way of personal and spiritual development that led him into the path of ministry. He was attracted to serve as a Unitarian Universalist minister because of the encouragement for personal growth, respect for all life, and deep involvement with the wider community. Jorge believes the work of a minister is multifaceted: one-third with the mind, one-third with the hands, and one-third with the heart.

The desire to cultivate his spiritual formation and education led him to enter seminary at Meadville Lombard. Working under the supervision of Meadville Lombard alumna, Rev. Barbara Gadon, Jorge serves at the intern minister at First Unitarian Church of Chicago, IL.  Jorge is finishing up his final year of school and expects to earn his Master of Divinity in May 2013.

Sarah C. Richards is a life-long Unitarian Universalist, raised in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames, Iowa. Her call to the ministry grew out of her career as an anthropologist, particularly her love of learning and teaching about culture and change. She earned her BA in International Development Studies from the University of Iowa, and her MA and PhD in Anthropology from Boston University. In addition to her life as a student and intern minister, Sarah enjoys volunteering as an ESL teacher at the Haitian Coalition of Somerville, and as a reader for Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic). Music (singing and playing), reading, and travel are a few of her favorite things.

Sarah currently serves as intern minister of First Parish in Waltham, MA. Working under the supervision of Rev. Mark Fredette, Sarah has worked to understand and participate in church life with a ministerial perspective and an open heart. Sarah expects to earn her Master of Divinity degree in May 2013.