Meet Our Minister
Reverend Myke Johnson has been the minister of Allen Avenue UU Church since 2005. She was ordained in 1999, and served for six years in Brewster, Massachusetts before coming to Maine. She entered parish ministry because of her belief in the importance of congregations for the personal and social issues we face today. A congregation is a place to plant and grow the Beloved Community—in which every person is held sacred and all beings belong to one family. A congregation is a place to bring alive in daily life these deep ideals that move and inspire us.
Prior to her work in parish ministry, Myke was involved in community ministry for many years. She received her B.A. in Religious Studies and Psychology from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As a young adult, her work included youth ministry, jail ministry, and ministry with homeless persons as a full-time volunteer in Catholic Worker Houses of Hospitality in Michigan and Illinois. She was active with these communities in promoting peace and non-violent social change. After receiving her Master of Divinity degree from Chicago Theological Seminary, she moved to Boston, and began a ministry for the empowerment of women and other marginalized persons. She had a private practice in psychotherapy in Boston from 1986-1999, and was involved in education and activism for the full equality of all people. She completed a Doctor of Ministry degree in Feminist Liberation Theology and Ministry at Episcopal Divinity School in 1991.
In 2016, Myke published the book, Finding Our Way Home: A Spiritual Journey Into Earth Community, exploring spirituality as waking up our awareness of connection—to the earth, to each other, and to the Mystery within and between all. She teaches a course on these topics, and also blogs at findingourwayhome.blog.
In 2015, Myke and her partner, Margy Dowzer, embarked on a quest to live more ecologically, and downsized to a small house with a big yard in Portland, where they installed insulation, solar panels and heat pumps. They are part of the Portland Permaculture Meet-up, and are planting a mini-food forest in their yard. They love the outdoors and especially to be near or in the water. Margy has a passion for photography and they also enjoy movies and music together. In her spare time, Myke also likes to read, and sing and play guitar.