Deshna Ubeda – Bio
Deshna joined the ProgressiveChristianity.org team in 2006.
She wears many hats at PC.org, but she spends most of her work day managing and building the website, directing the Children’s Curriculum Project, and Publishing/Creating the eBulletins and eBlasts.
Deshna grew up in an amazing Progressive Christian church, IUCC, in Irvine California as a PK (pastor’s kid) and so was blessed to be involved in a community that was open, educated, innovative, and inclusive. She was involved in the church at many different levels, as a representative for youth at National UCC Conferences, as a youth group leader, and a camp counselor for many years.
She went to the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she graduated with honors as a Religious Studies major and a Global Peace and Security minor. This led her to be a part of the Global Reconciliation Service in New York doing some work with the United Nations. She also was chosen to be a presenter at the National Youth Conference in Washington DC, and then won a scholarship to attend the Hague Appeal for Peace in Amsterdam, Holland in 1999. She studied abroad in England during her Junior Year.
Deshna has given presentations on Spiritually Nourishing Children in Today’s World in Australia, at the Common Dreams Conference, in Hawaii, in Canada, in Seattle, and in Portland.
She has worked in Administration for the UC Education Abroad Program, as an Infant Specialist for a non-profit organization, as a Spanish Teacher for elementary children, and as a Yoga Instructor.
She is a certificated post-partum doula and yoga instructor. She co-authored a novel with her Mom, called Missing Mothers.
During her free time, she continues to write, teach yoga, and and enjoys her life in Portland with her wonderful family.