Jennifer Springsteen

Jennifer Springsteen is a writer, a Unitarian Universalist ministerial candidate, and a chaplain resident in Fredericksburg, Virginia.


Jennifer is a lover of words and theology. Through word or deed, she is determined to push the world towards a more connected and loving place.

Jennifer Springsteen

About Jennifer

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Jennifer graduated from Starr King School for Ministry and completed her parish internship at Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver WA.
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Jennifer writes fiction—flash, short fiction and novels—in addition to sermons.


I feel grateful that I met you through PDX Writers, and I learned so much from you through your workshops and weekly practices. I regularly incorporate techniques that you taught into my work, and your gentle feedback helped me improve and gain some confidence. I appreciate your kindness and generosity in spending your time helping the PDX writers improve.
Susan Baek
PDX Writers participant
Just wanted to say I loved, loved your talk again on Vespers on walking and how we are privileged to be able to hike and how some groups of folks cannot. Love how you phrase your talks, as always.

Liz Nakazawa
First Unitarian Church of Portland, OR congregant

It was bittersweet to hear your last sermon at UUCV yesterday. Like so many other folks at church, I have gained insight, been moved, and basked in your offerings. As you depart our neighborhood, please know that you have made a mark on our spirits and we will treasure memories of your time with us. Go well and safely and may the years to come be filled with moments of astonishment, accomplishment, and love. I’ll be applauding from afar.

Gay Garland
UU Church of Vancouver, WA congregant

Jennifer Springsteen is a masterful writing teacher! She weaves a kind of writerly magic, creating a nurturing space where writers can be vulnerable and brave. Whether it’s writing about grief or in response to poetry, Jennifer's wise and gentle guidance makes it easy to fall in love with writing. I can't wait to write with her again.

Hannah Kuhn
Writing instructor and previous PDX Writers participant