Minister of United Church of Santa Fe, NM and Co-Founder, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Faith Communities Task Force
Rev. Talitha Arnold is Senior Minister of the United Church of Santa Fe, a United Church of Christ congregation known for its engaging worship, diverse music, community outreach, and lively approach to the Christian faith. A native of Arizona and a graduate of Pomona College and Yale Divinity School, she served as Yale’s Associate University Chaplain and pastored congregations in Connecticut and Arizona. As a founding member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, she helped start and co-led its Faith Communities Task Force and the first national “Weekend for Suicide Prevention.” She has been a speaker on the role of faith communities in mental health in settings as diverse as Saddleback Church, the Muslim Mental Health Institute, and San Diego County. Her publications include Worship for Vital Congregations, Feasting on the Word, and articles for The Christian Century and NPR’s All Things Considered. She has been a lecturer for the Berkshire Choral Festival, Santa Fe Symphony, and Santa Fe’s “Renesan” series. Honors include United Church of Christ Outstanding Clergywoman, Santa Fe’s Human Rights and “Ten Who Made a Difference” awards, Yale Divinity School’s “Outstanding Recent Alum,” and Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s Civic Leadership Award.