In 2006, Rev. Diane Rollert became the 11th settled and first female minister of the Unitarian Church of Montreal since its founding in 1842. She completed her studies in parish ministry and Masters of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School in 2005, after careers in the online information industry and education. She was the Canadian Unitarian Council’s 2011 Confluence Lecturer, focusing on post-secularism, and served as minister to the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines while on sabbatical in 2012. She serves on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council and was vice president of the UU Ministers of Canada. She has appeared on television, testified before the National Assembly’s commission on secularism, and has been published in Quebec’s English and French press regarding Bill 60, the proposed Secular Charter, among other issues. She has been a key leader in the fight for religious freedom, having formed a group called Femmes qui croient en la femme (Women Who Believe in Women) and having worked closely with members of the Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Montreal to produce a series of videos celebrating Quebec’s diversity.
Diane is originally from the US and has studied in Mexico and Spain, lived in Luxembourg, and has spent much time over the years with her husband’s family in northern Italy. She has a passion for languages and communication, having learned to speak French since she first arrived in Montreal. She also speaks Italian and can often resuscitate her Spanish. She has a great love for the UU communities of the Philippines, as well as a strong connection to the Gaspésie, where she visits each summer.