Rev. Marcus Hartlief, Minister

Email: revmarcus@uumarin.org         Phone: (415) 578-9632

Rev. Marcus HartliefBrought up in the Bay Area, Rev. Hartlief is a graduate of Starr King Seminary in Berkeley. He just returned from serving a congregation in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Prior to that, he served First Unitarian in Rochester, New York.

Rev. Hartlief is a dynamic speaker and storyteller who leads worship services that engage the head, heart, and spirit.  One focus of his ministry will be multiculturalism, rooted in the Unitarian Universalist vision of a justice-centered beloved community that finds strength and wholeness in embracing diversity. As a Millennial—a member of the least church-going generation in American history—he will also be seeking creative ways to support the congregation to meet the needs of youth and young adults.

His wife, Rev. Emily Hartlief, and one of his mothers are both Unitarian Universalist ministers. The Hartliefs have a two-year-old son, Henry.  In pursuing a call to ministry in Marin County, Rev. Hartlief follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, Rev. Dr. Henry Kuizenga, who served First Presbyterian of San Anselmo while he was a professor of homiletics at San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Rev. Theresa Novak, Affiliated Minister

Rev. Theressa Novak Rev. Theresa and her spouse, Anne Spatola, first joined UUCM in the mid-90’s when their three children were small. Both were active lay leaders until Theresa took early retirement from the Social Security Administration and entered Starr King School for the Ministry. She graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 2007 and UUCM ordained her that same year. After serving an internship in Annapolis, Maryland, Rev. Theresa served the UU Church of Ogden, Utah for seven years. They have honored her by naming her Minister Emerita. After returning to California, Rev. Theresa served as a part time minister for the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarians and later as an interim minister for the UU’s of Petaluma. She is now retired and happy to be back at UUCM. Anne and Theresa are both active in the Unitarian Universalist Retired Ministers and Partners Association. As our affiliated minister, Rev. Theresa offers occasional worship services and sometimes teaches classes.

Religious Exploration

Lynne Scarpa, Director of Family Ministries

Lynne-Scarpa

Raised in the Bay Area, Rev. Lynne earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Water Resources from Humboldt State University, and a Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion. She has taught science for elementary schools both in outdoor and classroom settings. As a city stormwater program manager, she conducted numerous stormwater trainings to City staff and volunteers. She also taught Pollution Prevention in Egypt and the Philippines with curriculum created by her and her colleagues.  

The Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) ordained Rev. Lynne in 1995.  As minister she coordinated religious education and volunteer programs in addition to performing other roles. After seven years, she left ministry to raise her two sons. In the church where she and her wife Nancy raised their children, she coordinated and taught religious education as a volunteer.

Now that her sons are adults, Rev. Lynne returns to ministry as our Director of Family Ministries.  She coordinates and supports staff and volunteers to provide a robust Sunday program for our children, as well as creating events for families to connect with one another. Rev. Lynne encourages play-based learning and the incorporation of songs and music into the curriculum to reinforce our spiritual values. She collaborates with Rev. Hartlief in the integration of children in worship and in creating interactive holiday services. She also works to integrate social justice opportunities into the youth program.

Glynda Christian, Nursery School Teacher

(Nursery, Toddlers, Preschool, and K-1)

Glynda ChristianGlynda Christian runs our programs for young children through first grade. She comes from the Boston area with extensive involvement in the Unitarian church there. She holds a Bachelor’s in linguistics and modern languages; holds teaching certifications in several content areas, has Master’s Degrees in Multicultural Education and in Library and Information Science, and has completed doctoral coursework. She has developed curricula for students from elementary level through college. Glynda uses her experience as a library director and reference librarian to use the printed word in many activities for fun and excitement. As a lifelong UU, her interest in utilizing and understanding the role of the seven principles in our lives is central.

Music Programs

Amanda Nelson, Music Director Amanda Morando

Email: mUUsic@uumarin.org         

Amanda Morando has been the choir director here at UUCM since late 2012.  She has sung in choirs since she was young and received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from UC Santa Barbara in 2010.  She studied conducting with Jan Pedersen Schiff at Singers Marin as the youth choral program director.  Currently, other than her position as choir director, she teaches Music & Drama at Dixie Elementary School, Drama at Vallecito Elementary, and teaches and directs children’s musicals at Rhythms Performing Arts in Novato.

Milton Wong, Pianist 

Milton works with numbers by day at CSAA Insurance Group but fills his evenings and weekends with various musical activities. Chamber music being his favorite musical genre, he plays piano, violin, and viola in several freelance chamber music ensembles in the Bay Area. Milton graduated with a minor in music, has a lot of accompanying and orchestral experience and has been the pianist at UUCM since 1993.

Administrative Staff

Janette Morrow, Administrator Janette Morrow

Email: office@uumarin.org     Direct: (415) 578 9577
Mobile: (415) 871 7232 (After-hours emergency. Texting preferred)

Janette Morrow has served as UUCM’s church administrator since 2006. She brought a wealth of knowledge and experience with her, having run her own office support services business for 7 years. As a passionate UU since 2001, she is keenly interested in diversity and equality issues. Over the years, this interest led her to work with our church’s teens, volunteer with a local homeless organization, and study psychology and multiculturalism.  She feels strongly that being our church administrator is just one way she can live her UU values every day.