Rev. Diane Seaborn
Interim Associate Pastor
Diane knows how to ask the questions that get at a larger truth. She once asked the seniors during Seniors Connect where they like to sit during worship. The seniors revealed details about their favorite spots, remarkably consistently, and what it said about their family history, their friendships, and their sensitivity to absences. Diane’s takeaway: We are a congregation that looks for each other and looks out for each other.
Perhaps it is Diane’s long history at the church that helps her to see these subtle ways hearts bind together. Diane grew up in Village Church, as did her future husband, Eric, attending worship with her parents and finding nourishment for her call since the days that she participated in the church’s youth programs.
Diane graduated from Middlebury College and earned two masters degrees: a masters in elementary education from Boston University, and a masters in divinity from Andover-Newton Theological School. During her time in seminary, Diane gained experience working as a chaplain at Hebrew Senior Life, focusing on pastoral and palliative care in an interfaith setting.
Diane has taught in a variety of settings, including a Boston-area elementary school; an environmental education center in Vermont; a UCC Outdoor Ministries summer camp on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire; and as a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students at the School of Education at BU.
Diane and her husband, Eric, have three children, who are Diane’s best teachers. For her ordination, Eric and her children had written a letter to God with some helpful advice about how to best work with Diane. They offered words about her compassion and kindness as well as her oft-repeated direction: “Be polite, be gracious, be courteous – or be quiet.”