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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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.
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Rev. Dr. Michelle Collins
Worship & Small Group Packet 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.
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.
Creativity Consultant and Creativity Matters Group Leader
Elizabeth 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. In addition to working with SOUL MATTERS she is now the Director of a non-profit online education and creativity community called SOULSTER.org. Elizabeth has been a UU for many years and is also a passionate acrylic painter who loves sketching, writing, singing, dancing, cooking, creating digital stories, directing musical theatre and hanging with her kooky family of 5 kids, socialist NYC mother, supportive husband and her 17 year + old goldendoodle dog. )
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 the responsible conduct of 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.
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