I first joined the Unitarian Universalist congregation in 1973 when I was looking for religious education for my then four-year-old son and two-year-old daughter. Raised in the Jewish tradition and married to a Ukrainian Catholic, it was important to me for my children to receive an unbiased religious, spiritual and moral education. I taught religious education (RE) for a while and subsequently became RE director for a number of years.
When I remarried, it was an interracial marriage, and our two biracial children came up through the RE program. They graduated in the Coming of Age program, a confirmation program of sorts. My children benefitted from meeting UUs from other congregations and going to UU summer retreats on Star Island. They made friendships that have lasted into their adult years, and I see the values that guided them reflected in the way that they are conducting themselves as adults.
I have served as clerk on the Board of Trustees and, presently, as vice president. In addition, I am part of the advisory council to the minister and a member of the Compassionate Care Team. I love being involved in the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Group (UUW) and have been a participant in Small Group Ministry for the past two years. I look forward to joining the Spirit in Practice program this year.
I continue to maintain a private practice in speech pathology and in business speech consulting. My husband Ed and I also enjoy taking an active part in our grandchildren’s lives.