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Minister , religious organization administrator

Diane Cooksey Kessler, religious organization administrator, minister. Ordained to ministry United Church of Christ, 1983. Recipient Outstanding Woman award College Club, 1990, Focolare award, 1994, Social Action Ministries award, 1995, Patron of Christian Unity award, 1998, Spirit of Hill award Candones Newton Theological School, 2006.


Kessler, Diane Cooksey was born on January 8, 1947.


Bachelor in Religion, Oberlin College, 1969. Master of Arts in Religion and Society, Andover Newton Theological School, 1971. Postgraduate, Andover Newton Theological School, since 1979.

Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Episcopal Divinity School, 2001.


Associate director for strategy and action Massachusetts Council Churches, Boston, 1975-1988, executive director, since 1988. Indiana preacher; speaker in field.


  • Ordained to ministry United Church of Christ, 1983.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Parents and the Experts, 1974, God's Simple Gift: Meditations on Friendship and Spirituality, 1988. Co-author: Councils of Churches and the Ecumenial Vision, 2000. Editor: Together on the Way, 1999, Receive One Another.

      Hospitality in ecumenical perspective, 2005. Co-editor Encounters for Unity, 1995. Also articles.

      Member editorial advisory board Theology and Public Policy, 1989, 98, Mid-Stream, 1995-1998.


Former member advisory board Massachusetts Department Revenue. Active Wellesley Congressional Church. Member council for ecumenism United Church of Christ, 1984-1994, chairperson council 1988-1989, 90-91.

Member Atty General's Advisory Committee on Public Charities, since 1988, World Council of Churches, Joint Working Group, 1998-2005, since 2006. Trustee Hancock Variable Series Trust I, 1999-2005. Board directors Howard Benevolent Society, 1989-1996, New England Holocaust Memorial Committee, 1st Church Legacy Fund.

Member Valiant Woman award 1991), Boston Min.'s Club.