Meet Our Minister
Rev. Addae Ama Kraba
Unitarian Universalist Minister
Reverend Addae Ama Kraba is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister earning a Master’s of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California. This came immediately after earning a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco. Prior to ministry, she spent over twenty years in the field of mental health that led to employment in Ohio, Pennsylvania, California, and the Hawaiian Islands.
Rev. Kraba was ordained by Community Church of New York, Unitarian Universalist where she also served her internship, after-which beginning professional work in ministry as a Chaplain in Atlanta, Georgia and in San Francisco, California. Rev. Addae (as she prefers being called) then entered Parish Ministry after a call to fulltime settlement at First Universalist Church of Southold, in Long Island, New York. This settlement made her the first minister of color to the congregation’s 150 year history. Her mission was to bridge parish and community ministry, which led her to actively work both in the congregation and the community, as a member of Southold Town’s Anti-Bias Committee, and Rotary Club International, which provided charitable service to the local community as well as abroad. Forming collegial relationships with local Methodist, Presbyterian, and Baptist Ministers, she engaged in annual pulpit exchanges. Rev. Addae was named one of Suffolk Times News Review’s people of the year in 2007 for work on the Committee for Phil McKnight, a community collaborative that raised over $10,000.00 for a local resident in medical crisis.
Actively working at all levels of service in Unitarian Universalism, Rev. Addae was called to be present as Chaplain providing Pastoral Care in New Orleans, Louisiana after hurricane Katrina, and again to the Knoxville Unitarian Universalist Church shooting in Tennessee. She served as trustee for the Murray Grove Retreat and Conference Center in Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey, and as trustee on the board of the Joseph Priestly District. She is a member of DRUUM (Diverse, Revolutionary, and Unitarian Universalist Ministers), a former member of Unitarian Universalist Association’s Committee on Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, and Multiculturalism, and former Co-Convener of Unitarian Universalist Women and Religion. She served on the planning committee of the First International Convocation of Unitarian Universalist Women (ICUUW) held in Houston, Texas 2008.
Fulfilling a dream of travel to the African Continent, Rev. Addae visited Egypt and Ghana in 2008. This trip proved to be both spiritually and culturally fulfilling. While in Ghana she engaged in a ceremony held by the African Chief Council of Elders in Edina Essaman to change her name. The name Ama Kraba was the name of a queen that lived in the municipality of Edina Essaman. The name was bestowed upon Rev. Addae by the late queen’s great grandson. Thus dropping her middle name Lee and surname Watson, the name Ama Kraba was added to her Ghanaian name Addae.
Rev. Addae is an artist working in mediums of water color and acrylic, in addition to sculpting small pieces of wearable art. Her poems are published in Vol. II of She Is Everywhere: an Anthology of writing in Womanist and Feminist Spirituality, and Voices from the Margins, An Anthology of Meditations. As adjunct faculty at her alma mater, Starr King School for the Ministry, she taught classes on Sacred Rest and Her story: African Goddesses. She has two works that are scheduled to be released in late 2014, a meditation manual, and a curriculum on African Goddesses.
A mother of five adult children, six grandchildren, and one great grandchild, Rev. Addae resides in Philadelphia with animal companions, King Solomon and Queen Makeda, toy poodles. In addition to serving First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia as Community Minister, she serves as part time consulting minister to Dorothea Dix Unitarian Universalist Community in Bordentown, New Jersey, and is currently completing online studies to earn a PhD in Pastoral Counseling Psychology.