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Rev. Ana is Senior Minister at First Unitarian. She brings to her ministry a passion for social and environmental justice and a belief in the power of liberal religion to transform our world. She also brings a love of creative, embodied, music-centered worship from a previous life as a musician. More
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Meagan has two decades of experience in Religious Education. She studied World Religions in college and has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies from the University of TN, Knoxville. She was an adjunct professor at UTK for three years after graduation and taught several classes on Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam. While attending the University and teaching religion classes, she served as the part-time Youth Ministry Coordinator at the Tennessee Valley UU Church. Meagan and her husband, James, were married at TVUUC and her daughter, Starling, grew up in the RE program. In July of 2006, Meagan and James moved to Alexandria, VA where she served as the Director of Religious Education (DRE) at the Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church for 6 years. Following that, she served as the DRE at All Souls Unitarian in Washington, DC for 15 months before moving to Brooklyn. More
Adam Podd, Director of Music
Adam is a Vermont-bred, Brooklyn-based music director, pianist, organist, bassist, composer and arranger. His first connection to church music started at age eleven, when he played for a Christmas Eve service in the sleepy town of Holland, VT (population:
He has worked with some of the top artists and organizations in his field including The Boston Pops, New York Pops, Idina Menzel, Darlene Love, Stephen Kellogg, Milton Delugg, Macy’s Entertainment and The Young People’s Chorus of New York City in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, New World Stages, The York Theatre and others.
As a pianist, Adam specializes in blues, jazz, and gospel. He plays regularly around NYC with his twin brother Matt, and their jazz and blues band Mimi and the Podd Brothers. He also plays keys, bass and music directs for singer/songwriter Dan Mills.
Adam studied classical and jazz piano, organ, orchestration, conducting, and music production at The Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, CT where he received his Bachelors of Music.
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Garnett has been a member of First U for a quarter of a century. She raised her now grown children, Katie and Joseph Falzetta, in our Sunday school and has served the congregation as a volunteer in more ways than she can remember. Garnett is here to help newcomers find their way. She loves hearing the many stories that our visitors bring with them. Nothing makes her happier than when a newcomer connects deeply with our congregation and becomes a voting member. Garnett Lives in Bay Ridge with her dogs, McKenzie and Ralph.
Chris Grew up in Nassau Country and has a grown daughter. He was raised in an 1870’s Gothic Revival Episcopal church and has a deep respect for tradition and great affection for historic structures. He is a former merchant marine and boat captain. Before coming to First Unitarian, he worked as a licensed contractor and estate caretaker. Chris is a vibrational healer in private practice as a culmination of years of experiential spiritual study and initiation in both Christian and non-Christian based faiths.
The Rev. Dr. Kelly Murphy Mason is Community Minister in affiliation with First Unitarian. Her extensive and varied ministries are all devoted to integrating spiritual wisdom with psychological insight in the sacred service of helping individuals, healing communities, and fostering human flourishing. Currently, she is Managing Director at the Psychotherapy & Spirituality Institute in New York, NY. more
Kevin is a student at Meadville-Lombard, the Unitarian Universalist seminary in Chicago. Most recently he was an active member of the First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis. He and his husband, Justin, are thrilled to be living in Brooklyn. Kevin will be working and learning with us half time through June 2018.
Shari is a student at Union Theological Seminary and serves as the Youth Group and Coming of Age Coordinator at FUUB. She’s been an active member of the Fourth Universalist Society on the Upper West Side, and of all the roles she’s played there and in our wider faith, her most treasured have been serving as a Coming of Age mentor and as a chaplain to the Youth Caucus at General Assembly. Shari and her wife Elisabeth share their Harlem home with a 17-pound cat named Hildegard, dozens of plants, and a regular slate of visitors and dinner guests.
Nicole comes to First Unitarian with a passion for event planning! With over five years of professional planning experience for a renowned global legal advocacy organization, she looks forward to combining her expertise in event design and implementation with the creativity and joy inherent in weddings and dedication ceremonies. Nicole has an MA from New York University in Human Rights Studies and a BA in Political Science from Stonehill College. When she’s not at First U, you will find Nicole working on her latest DIY project or jogging laps around McCarren park with her pomeranian, Emmit.
Robert Petrillo, Director of Congregational Services
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Elizabeth Deterville, Nursery Caregiver
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