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Talitha J. Arnold, M.Div.
Senior Minister
United Church of Santa Fe
Rev. Talitha Arnold was called as the Pastor of the United Church of Santa Fe (in Santa Fe, New Mexico) 
in 1987 when the church was a 7-year-old new church start of the United Church of Christ. Since then the church 
has grown from 90 to over 300 members, paid off a half-million dollar debt, done three building expansions, and 
is known in Santa Fe for its education, outreach, worship, and music.
 
A native of Arizona, Rev. Arnold graduated cum laude from Pomona College with her B.A. in Religion and 
Government in 1975. After receiving her Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in 1980, she served as 
Interim Associate University Chaplain for Yale for one year, followed by a six-year tenure at First Church of Christ 
(UCC) in Middletown, CT as an Associate Minister. While an Associate Minister, she co-led the resettlement of 
over 100 Cambodian refugees in Middletown in an interfaith program that served as the model for resettlement 
work throughout New England. 
 
Rev. Arnold has been President of Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity and the Ministerial Alliance, served on 
the city's first Youth Commission, and been recognized for her human rights work in the city and state. She also 
helped start a "sister church" relationship with a Roman Catholic parish as well as Muslim-Christian and Jewish
Christian dialogues in Santa Fe. She currently serves on the Bioethics Committee for Christus St. Vincent’s 
Hospital and is active with the Santa Fe Council on International Relations. Her congregation has hosted 
journalists, political leaders, and religious leaders from countries as diverse as Russia and the Ivory Coast. 
 
She also serves on the Alumni Board for Yale Divinity School, and this fall organized Women’s Reunion 
Celebration of “8 Decades of Women at YDS.”
 
The United Church of Santa Fe was awarded the "Arthur Tappan Award" by the United Church of Christ 
for its witness as a multicultural and just peace church. Rev. Arnold was also been the recipient of a Lilly Fund 
Pastoral Renewal grant to study in Italy in 2003 and a Louisville Institute fellowship in 2000 for a sabbatical 
focused on desert spirituality. In 1996, she was honored by Yale Divinity School as Outstanding Recent Alum, and 
in 2007 was honored as Outstanding Clergy Woman in the United Church of Christ with the “Antoinette Brown 
Award.” In 2010, she was recognized as one of “Ten Who Make a Difference” by the Santa Fe New Mexican 
newspaper.
 
She writes regularly for the Santa Fe New Mexican and has also had articles published in The Christian 
Century and aired on National Public Radio. She recently wrote Worship for Vital Congregations, published by 
Pilgrim Press, and has essays in the Feasting on the Word series, published by Westminster John Knox.  She 
enjoys hiking, singing, reading, and travelling.