Director of Membership and Social Media
Susan joined the Soul Matters staff in the fall of 2016 after serving as the Small Group Program Coordinator at her home congregation, The UU Fellowship of Topeka, Kansas. She writes, “Where I once lived life visualizing myself as a tree with a deep tap root, because of Soul Matters, I now find that my roots, thoughts, and hopes are shared in an interconnected web of roots reaching all over the world." In her role on the team, Susan ensures that those roots connecting us to each other are strong and ever-expanding.
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Rev. Scott Tayler
Team Lead and Founder of Soul Matters
”It’s been a great gift to watch Soul Matters grow over the years. What began as a bunch of seminary and preaching buddies supporting each other has organically become a means for deep congregational interdependence. Ultimately, for me, Soul Matters is about healing spiritual disconnection. It mends the divides between and within congregations. It’s grace in action and the interdependent web become real. What a privilege to be a part of that!”
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Director of Religious Education Resources
Katie has been a religious educator since 1984. She is a curriculum author for Tapestry of Faith as well as self-published works. She is also the author of a book called "Full Circle; Growing Lifelong UU's" published by the UUA. The core values that guide her work include: partnership, story-based learning, appreciation for multiple intelligences and taking fun seriously. Contact Katie by email at email@example.com. Click here for consulting info.
Rev. Dr. Michelle Collins
Worship & Small Group Packet Researcher
Michelle is a UU minister currently serving as minister of the UU Church of Berkeley, CA. She is a graduate of Starr King School of Ministry and received her Doctor of Ministry this spring from Wesley Theological Seminary. Having used Soul Matters resources for seven years in her parish settings, she brings an excellent eye for what resources serve leaders best. We love it that she considers research “play”!
Molly J. Webster
Music Resources Coordinator
Molly is a choral conductor, vocalist, and private voice teacher located in Bangor, Maine. She holds two undergraduate degrees in Music Education, Vocal Performance and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting. She is the music director at The Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor as well as the director and founder of numerous college and community choirs. Molly is also an active vocalist and guest musician in several local bands. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, camping in her "work-in-progress" camper van, time with friends, and traveling.
Teresa Honey Youngblood
Family Ministry Coordinator
Teresa is a credentialed religious educator, a hospital chaplain, and author of the book Spirited Homeschooling: Home-, Church-, and Community-based Learning in the Liberal Religious Family. She has worked as a journalist, sexuality educator, and middle school teacher. In her free time, she likes to hike in the Ozark mountains, read young adult lit, bake bread and cookies, tend a big garden, and study herbal medicine. She creates our Soulful Home materials.
Director of Early Youth Resources
April, a UU for the past 8 years, is a Credentialed Religious Educator who serves First Parish Church in Taunton, MA, as their Director of Lifespan Faith Formation and Family Ministry. She also created a shared virtual RE program in response to COVID-19 between multiple churches, and will again be serving as this year's Young People’s Program Director for two UU conferences on Star Island. She develops our middle school and coming-of-age programs. Contact April by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Andrea Natalia Naranjo Erazo
UU Writers Facilitator & Curriculum Team Member
Dr. Andrea Natalia Naranjo Erazo runs a journaling group at the National Institutes of Health and teaches about health disparities and responsible research. In her spare time, she loves watching the sunsets in her rooftop, writing, and learning how to play the guitar. Andrea has been a member of the UU affiliated Washington Ethical Society since 2016. She helps develop our UU Writers packets and often facilitates our online UU Writers groups.
Creativity Matters Consultant
Elizabeth, a UU for the past 10 years, has been a Theatre and Visual Teaching Artist, Creativity Coach, Integrated Arts Curriculum Trainer, Professional Theatre Director and non-profit Arts leader for over 25 years. She founded and was Artistic Director of the award winning Berkeley Playhouse and prior to that, was Education Director for the Northern Bay Area Institute for Aesthetic Education.
Rev. Sandra Fees
Creativity Matters Group Facilitator
Rev Sandra facilitates our Creativity Matters online groups. She is a UU minister and recently completed an 18-year ministry in southeastern Pennsylvania. She is particularly interested in deepening imagination, reflection and embodiment. Her personal creative practices include yoga, journaling, writing poetry and collaging.
Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig
Shamanic Small Group Facilitator
Rev Laura facilitates our Shamanic Journeying online group. She’s a UU minister with advanced training in spiritual direction through the Jungian-oriented Haden Institute, life coaching through the Institute for Life Coach Training, and shamanic work through the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.
Youth Packet Researcher
Molly Lemen has been the director of religious education at the UU Fellowship of Fairbanks Alaska since 2014. She is a lifelong Alaskan and mother of six children. Teens have been the largest group at her Fellowship the last few years and it has been her great pleasure to grow and learn along with these amazing youth. She is excited to be able to help curate wonderful resources to be used by other UU teens all over the world.
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