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, “Soul Matters has transformed my life, focusing my inner contemplation while deepening my connection with others. 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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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.
Her vision for Soul Matters RE includes:
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Rev. L.A. McCrae
Worship Resources Coordinator
In addition to being on the Soul Matters team, L.A. serves as the Interim Director of Lifelong Learning for the Washington Ethical Society (an Ethical Society and UU congregation). They are also pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Public Engagement from Wesley Theological Seminary. L.A.’s diverse passions are summed up in a phrase they sometimes use to describe themselves: “Brewer, Visionary and Insurrectionist.” We so value the way they are sharing their gifts to help us expand the theological focus of our worship packets and provide an increasing amount of resources to support the goal of de-centering whiteness in worship.
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Rev. Dr. Michelle Collins
Small Group & Special Projects Researcher
Michelle is a UU minister currently serving in the Lewes and Rehoboth Beach area of Delaware. She is a graduate of Starr King School of Ministry and just received her Doctor of Ministry this spring from Wesley Theological Seminary. Having used Soul Matters resources for seven years in her own parish setting, she brings an excellent eye for what resources serve leaders best. Her love of UU theology and history is a great gift to us. We also love it that she considers research “play”! On the personal side, Michelle resides in an awesome “tiny house on wheels” in southern Delaware, is the parent of a teenage daughter and cares for two highly demanding cats.
Sara Jo Brandt-Doelle
Music Resources Coordinator
Sara Jo Brandt-Doelle has been Music Director at First UU Society of Syracuse since 2011. She has given private flute and piano lessons for over 20 years. She has performed in various ensembles ranging from jazz to orchestra to oratorio choir. She prizes the way Soul Matters helps build deeper connections with other UU musicians as they have offer each other mutual support and encouragement. We are so grateful for the many ways she supports the network of sharing among our Soul Matters musicians.
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Rev. Jaelynn Pema Scott
Youth Meditation Consultant
Rev. Jaelynn is a Buddhist community minister, former UU Director of Religious Education, speaker, preacher, and meditation instructor. She resides in Edmonds, WA where she teaches on transgender theology, directs queer and gender non-conforming programming for youth, and worships in the cold rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. We are thrilled she is offering her many gifts to our sharing circle as she helps us design the meditation experiences in our religious education packets.
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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.
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. Soul Matters is so much more than a set of services; it’s a network of supportive and inspiring relationships. 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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