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Biographical Sketchthomas peter kunesh was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1956. He received his elementary school education at St Francis Xavier School in Sartell, Minnesota, and graduated from Cathedral High School in St Cloud, Minnesota, in 1974. In 1975 he began his college studies at St Cloud State University. In 1976 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and studied the Russian language at the Defense Language Institute in Montery, California, serving as a Russian and Farsi Naval Linguist (Cryptologic Techinican-Interpretive Branch, Petty Officer Third Class/CTI-3) in Rota, Spain, and in the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean. In 1980, after his honorable discharge, kunesh attended the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain (Curso de estudios hispánicos), and in 1981 began full-time studies at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish, with minors in Religious Studies and Foreign Studies in 1983. In the summer of 1983 he began graduate work at the University of Minnesota in Religious Studies, receiving a scholarship to study at the Fundación José Ortega y Gasset, Toledo, Spain, in fall 1982. He continued his graduate research in Paris through the spring of 1983, and at the University of Minnesota in the summer of 1983. From 1984 to 1985 he served as Secretary-General of the Minnesota International Students Association. In 1985 he attended the Starr King School for Religious Leadership (Unitarian Universalist) in Berkeley, California, and graduated with the degree of Master in Divinity in 1988. From 1988 to 1990 he served as monthly parish minister to the First Unitarian Church of Willmar, Minnesota; from 1989 to 1990 as Director of Religious Education at the Michael Servetus Unitarian Society of Fridley, Minnesota; 1988 to 1990 as UU campus minister at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; and in 1990 as Vice President of the Council of Religious Advisers of the University of Minnesota. In december 1990 he received the degree of Master of Arts from the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota in Religious Studies. kunesh currently resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee.