Our Minister and Staff
Rev. Joy Atkinson, Minister
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Rev. Joy Atkinson, M.Div. has enjoyed the opportunity to work as an Interim Minister with many different congregations in transition between settled ministers, which she believes is an especially fertile time in a congregation’s life — an opportunity to explore the congregation’s unique identity, strengths, and challenges, and to experiment with new ideas. Rev. Joy will serve UUCM through June, 2018.
Rev. Joy received her Masters of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry in 1974. She also has an M.A. in English Literature and Teacher Education from Hunter College in the Bronx (1970) and an M.S. in Counseling from Cal State East Bay (1988). She has served Unitarian Universalist congregations for 25 years as a settled minister and for 14 years as an interim minister, mostly in California, including this congregation in 2003-2004. She became an Accredited Interim Minister with the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2005. She is happy to be back among us, and she will work with UUCM at ¾ time two years to help us assess our congregation and navigate through this latest ministerial transition.
Among Rev. Joy’s hobbies and interests are amateur astronomy, choral singing, poetry, theater, and travel — especially to archaeological sites. She most enjoys playing with her grandchildren, Joshua, nearly 6, and Nathan, 4, who live with their parents in Portland.
Rev. Joy is available to perform special ceremonies, such as weddings and services of union, child dedications and memorial or graveside services.
Jeffrey Melcher, Director of Religious Exploration
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Jeffrey (Jef) Melcher, M.Div., directs all of our youth programs. He has a wealth of experience as an educator and a strong background in Unitarian Universalism. He discovered that he was a UU in 1989, when he visited a fellowship in Roseburg, Oregon. “I just knew I was in the place I should be. It took me a few weeks to settle in, but I had finally found my people.”
After completing his Masters of Divinity in 2008, he worked for the UU Legislative Ministry of California on issues such as marriage equality, the human right to water, and health care reform. Jef first worked at UUCM in 2004 as a part-time intern while a student at the Pacific School of Religion. He gave a few sermons, supported our YRUU group and its leaders, and recruited a junior choir to sing at the YRUU bridging ceremony.
Since returning to UUCM in 2013, Jef has embraced his role as our Director of Religious Exploration (DRE). He knows religious exploration is a community effort and enjoys his work supporting and engaging this beloved community.
RE Committee: Our DRE is supported by dedicated volunteers on the Religious Exploration Committee. They help ensure a quality program for our children and youth. If you have a suggestion or wish to join the committee, please contact the DRE.
Glynda Christian, Nursery School Teacher
(Nursery, Toddlers, Preschool, and K-1)
Glynda 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.
George Pegelow, Youth Advisor
George Pegelow is Lead Advisor for our Young Religious Unitarian Universalist Program (YRUU), grades 7-12. George graduated from Stanford and taught martial arts, eastern thought, sports psychology, and optimal human performance at the university for 24 years. In Marin, George served for eight years on the Human Rights Commission and is active in the ACLU. In 2010, he was a recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award for his “profound contribution to our schools through anti-bully education programs.” In association with the County Office of Education, he is leading an effort to implement meaningful student involvement in decision making in schools throughout Marin. In his spare time, he likes to meditate and listen to jazz, classical, and rock music. He also plays piano, drums, and bamboo flute.
Amanda Morando, Music Director
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 at 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.
Janette Morrow, Administrator
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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.