Voices of Liberal Faith is produced by the Unitarian Universalist (UU) ministers in Westchester County, New York as a collaborative project of our unique yet overlapping voices -- prophetically crying out for justice and peace; proclaiming the Good News of a faith free of creed and canon; pastoring a congregational way of life.
What is liberal faith? SEE HERE.

Voices of Liberal Faith is co-administered by Rev. Meredith Garmon and Rev. Peggy Clarke. Our authors also include: Rev. Michael Tino, Rev. Karen Brammer, Rev. Sarah Lenzi, Emily DeTar (Ministerial Intern), Rev. Kelly Murphy Mason, Rev. LoraKim Joyner, and Rev. Deb Morra.

Rev. Karen Brammer serves the Fourth Unitarian Society of Westchester in Mohegan Lake, NY, starting in 2013, and is the UUA Green Sanctuary Program Manager. Before 2013, she spent seven years as Smaller Congregation Specialist for the Northern New England District (Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont) of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). She holds a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School, and was ordained as a minister in 1998. ​Before UUA district work, Karen was minister for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Saco and Biddeford, Maine also for seven years.

Rev. Peggy Clarke serves the First Unitarian Society of Westchester in Hastings, starting in 2011. Rev. Clarke holds a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and Peace Studies and a Masters in Historical Theology with a concentration in Medieval Mysticism from Boston College. Her doctoral work was in American Religious History. Her ministry experience includes serving as campus minister at St. Anselm’s College in New Hampshire; as supervisor at Covenant House in NYC where she worked with homeless and runaway teens; as high school teacher of theology; as chaplain at Iona College where she also taught in the Religious Studies department and co-directed the Iona Spirituality Institute for ten years. At Iona, Rev. Clarke created an alternative break program which brought her around the country and abroad to teach about justice, including a squatters’ village in Nogales, Mexico, Lake Traverse Reservation in South Dakota and a migrant worker community in Immokalee, Florida. She was ordained in 2010 October.

Peggy is the co-founder of InterGenerate, a local non-profit dedicated to food justice and the encouragement of local resourcing. Peggy is currently a member of the Board of the Westchester Anti-Racism Alliance and is a GreenFaith Fellow. Rev. Clarke chairs the UU Food Justice Ministry and is on the Steering Committees for UU EJ Collaboratry and Commit@Respond. In addition, Rev. Clarke is the Social Justice Consultant for the NY Metro District.

She lives in northern Westchester County with her husband, son, and two dogs.

Cindy Davidson is currently, and through 2018 Jun, the ministerial intern at Community UU, White Plains. She is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at the Meadville-Lombard Theological School. Cindy is a Board member of the UU Ministry for Earth and a GreenFaith Fellow. Before relocating to Westchester County, she had been an active lay leader of First Parish in Lexington, MA. She has worked in artist and non-profit management and earned a BMusic from the Mannes College of Music.

Emily DeTar is the ministerial intern for the First Unitarian Society of Westchester. She graduated from Union Theological Seminary in 2015 May, and alongside her work with 1USW, works as an intern for the UU Minister's Association. She is dedicated to reflecting on social justice, and loves to be challenged by her faith to become even better.

Rev. Meredith Garmon serves the Community UU Congregation in White Plains, starting in 2013. Rev. Garmon holds two Bachelor's degrees (philosophy and English), two Masters degrees (communication studies, Baylor University; and philosophy, University of Virginia), and a PhD (political theory, University of Virginia). He taught as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, before entering seminary at United Theological Seminary (Minneapolis), Shaw University Divinity School (Raleigh, NC) and Meadville Lombard Theological School (Chicago). He was ordained in 2004 October.

His ministry experience includes serving as co-minister (with spouse, Rev. LoraKim Joyner) to the UU Community of El Paso, Texas, and the UU Fellowship of Gainesville, Florida, where he later served as sole and senior minister. He has also served as part-time or consulting minister to the UU Church of Midland, Texas, the UU Church of Tarpon Springs, Florida, and the UU Fellowship of Marion County, Florida.

Meredith serves on the Board of the UU Buddhist Fellowship, and is active with the Interfaith Coalition for Social Action in Westchester County. A serious Zen practioner and student since 2001, Meredith leads the Boundless Way Zen Center of Westchester.

He has a somewhat indeterminate number of grown children, and lives happily in his congregation's parsonage, sometimes with his spouse.

Rev. LoraKim Joyner, DVM, is a Community Minister who has been affiliated with Community UU, White Plains, since 2014. She is a veterinarian specializing in wildlife avian medicine. Since 2001, she has also been a UU minister (MDiv, Vanderbilt University, 2000). She served as a parish minister for 10 years -- most of them as co-minister with spouse, Rev. Meredith Garmon -- before switching to Community Ministry. Her ministry encompasses two areas: multispecies ministry (deepening understanding and appreciation between human and nonhuman species) and nonviolent communication (she's a certified NVC trainer). See more about Rev. Joyner at her website: oneearthconservation.org

Rev. Sarah Lenzi serves the UU Congregation of the Hudson Valley, starting in 2013. She is a lifelong UU, born and raised in New York City. After graduating from Williams College (BA, 2003) with a double major in Art History and Religion, Sarah moved to Dallas, TX for a year to teach first grade. Soon after, the small voice nudging her towards ministry got louder and Sarah began her ministerial studies at Harvard Divinity School (MDiv, 2007). During that time, Sarah worked for a women's day shelter in Boston as well as serving as a chaplain in Knoxville, TN.

Sarah earned a doctorate in Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania (PhD, 2012), completing the degree while serving as Intern Minister of the UU Congregation of Fairfax, VA. Her thesis focuses on the Stations of the Cross and lived medieval religion. Sarah was ordained in 2013 Apr at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia.

Rev. Kelly Murphy Mason is a Community Minister who has been affiliated with Community UU, White Plains, since 2014. She works for the Psychotherapy & Spirituality Institute, where she serves as Director of Programming and also as a clinical supervisor and a pastoral psychotherapist. She seeks to provide clients with emotionally literate, psychologically sound, and spiritually informed psychotherapy. Additionally, she teaches graduate students in psychology at Columbia Teachers College.

Kelly was ordained by the Community Church of NY, UU, in 2006, and since then, has held a number of different posts and leadership positions throughout this region – at Union Theological Seminary, the Blanton-Peale Institute, the Association for Spirituality & Psychotherapy, the Murray Grove Association, and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. For the past few years, she has acted as the coordinator of the Metro NY Chapter of the UU Christian Fellowship. Previously, she was vice-president for the national organization of the UUCF.

Kelly lives in Riverdale with her husband, Community UU member Benjamin Unger, and their two tomcats. She frequently provides guest preaching and mental-health consulting to various faith communities. Her public programs, seminars, and workshops explore the many intersections between spiritual wisdom and psychological insight. She occasionally volunteers for the UU Trauma Response Ministry. See more about Rev. Mason at her website: kellymurphymason.com

Rev. Deb Morra is a Community Minister who has been affiliated with Community UU, White Plains, since 2002. Deb's calling is to work in the wider world rather than in the parish. She makes her living as a therapist and social worker, and her congregational affiliation provides her the context in which she can view that work as ministry. She preaches occasionally and provides other leadership at Community UU.

Rev. Michael Tino serves the UU Fellowship of Northern Westchester in Mt. Kisco, starting in 2007. Rev. Tino is a graduate of Cornell University, and holds a PhD in cell biology from Duke. His MDiv is from Meadville/Lombard Theological School. Prior to 2007, Michael served six years as the Director of Young Adult and Campus Ministry at the UU Association, the national headquarters of our faith movement. He is the author of several UU Association publications, including the curriculum Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Young Adults, co-written with the Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh and Laura Stuart and published in early 2008. He was the 2013 John Murray Distinguished Lecturer at the UUA General Assembly in Louisville, Kentucky. He currently serves as the Director of the Southeast UU Summer Institute (aka SUUSI), recently finished a term on the Board of Trustees of the UU Association, and, from 2008-2013, served on the Steering Committee of Allies for Racial Equity. He is the former chair of the Metro New York District’s Anti-Racism and Diversity Committee, and is a trainer with the Beyond Categorical Thinking program.

He lives in Peekskill with his partner and their young daughter.

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