head shot of Archene Turner, Community Minister at Cedar Lane in the courtyard with greenery behind her
Community Minister


As a Community Minister affiliated with Cedar Lane, my calling is to extend our faith into the community. Periodically you’ll see me participate in worship services and occasionally I preach at other UU congregations. However, my passion is enabling UUs to do impactful social justice. Especially those that involve youth, young adults, and families in direct service. During 2015-16, I led the Cedar Lane Village Initiative, our fledgling partnership with nearby public schools to meet some of the considerable needs of immigrant children and teens. During its first year (2015-16), more than 200 Cedar Laners became involved in the Village.

Another of my passions is Our Whole Lives (OWL), our lifesaving comprehensive sexuality course. During 2016-17, I’ll be working to organize an “OWL Out” offering for immigrant teens, and to start a pilot Spanish speaking PFLAG group for parents of LGBTQ teens.

My wife, Mary Means, and I were part of the Vision 2020 Team that successfully engaged the congregation in envisioning our future as a mission-driven church. We continue to serve as coaches to implement key recommendations. We gladly give our gifts to advance Cedar Lane and Unitarian Universalism. To support our lives of activism, I work full time as a primary examiner at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.