Congregational Administrator

Darlene Sarkela (a native Minnesotan and almost 100% Finnish) discovered OUUC through a newspaper ad in 1989. She became OUUC’s Administrator in 1991. Darlene’s background includes education in sociology and community counseling, Army service, and work with Head Start. She has one adult son and enjoys garage sales, European crime dramas on Netflix, and living in an old farmhouse in Tumwater.

“A new moon teaches gradualness and deliberation and how one gives birth to oneself slowly. Patience with small details makes perfect a large work, like the universe.” – Rumi