Biography

Rev. Sarah Skochko is a Unitarian Universalist writer, minister, and hospital chaplain who lives in Philadelphia, PA. She was raised in South Jersey and has also lived in Eugene, OR and Austin, TX.

Rev. Sarah attended Rutgers-Camden for her BA in English and linguistics, as well as later graduate studies in language. She also spent a summer at the Azerbaijan University of Languages in Baku on a Critical Language Scholarship from the US State Department.

In 2018, Rev. Sarah received an MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon, where she was a teaching fellow. She is also an alum of the Kenyon Review Writer’s Workshop (2o19). She earned her MDiv from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago in 202o, and was ordained by the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene that same year. She has completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education in a hospital setting.

Rev. Sarah served as an Intern Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene, OR for two years. Afterward, she was blessed to be hired back as their Coordinator of Outreach and Engagement, and to be able to assist as the church rapidly transitioned to online services at the start of the pandemic. In 2020, she was called to serve Wildflower Church in Austin, TX. Unfortunately, that church was in the midst of significant conflict, and was not ready to commit to shared ministry with a settled pastor. With great regret, Rev. Sarah resigned in December 2020 and resumed her work as a hospital chaplain.

Her religious values draw her toward liberation. She believes that we have a sacred obligation to work for the liberation and full inclusion of the marginalized and oppressed, both within our faith communities and in human society as a whole.

Prior to entering the ministry, Rev. Sarah worked in editing and publishing, and as a bartender for over ten years. She is a member of the Unitarian Universalists in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia (formerly known as Restoration). Outside of ministry, she enjoys backpacking, gardening, long-distance train travel, and excellent food and cocktails.

Her writing can be found here.