Ministry

Rev. Katie Kandarian-Morris
Minister

Rev. Katie Kandarian-Morris has served the UU Fellowship of Durango since August of 2014. She’s a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, committed to spiritual growth and learning, a healing of the world through racial justice, and knowledge that we are better when working together toward the Beloved … read more.

Programs

Jeanne MacKenzie
Office Administrator

Jeanne joined UU Fellowship of Durango in June of 2017 and was looking forward to the opportunity to work with Rev. Katie. She brings a strong background in organization/planning, administrative support, and computer skills. Although not a Colorado native she found her way here from … read more.

Sara Sautter
Interim Director of Faith Formation

Sara has over 20 years of experience as a religious professional serving both as a Lifespan Religious Educator and a Director of Congregational Life. She is a Credentialed Religious Educator with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and has also completed UUA certification as an Interim Religious … read more.

Shannon Beaver
Connections Coordinator

Shannon joined the staff at UUFD in September of 2018 as Connections Coordinator. She brings to this position several years of experience in a church setting and extensive work in the areas of membership, nurture and outreach. She relocated to Durango three years ago from … read more.

Marilyn Garst
Classical Pianist & Artistic Director, concert series

Marilyn Garst holds three degrees in music including a Ph.D.  She spent most of her career teaching and performing at Pittsburg State University in Kansas and at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  She is the classical pianist and founding artistic director of UUFD’s annual … read more.

Elizabeth Crawford
Acting Choir Director

Elizabeth has been a community musician for many years, singing, playing flute, piccolo, guitar, mandolin/mandola, and directing church and community choirs. She performs with Durango Chamber Singers, Durango Choral Society, and Southwest Civic Winds. She is founder and executive director of the Durango Chamber Singers. … read more.

Lawrence Nass
Contemporary Pianist

Lawrence believes that music is a bridge to all good things. He has been an active musician and piano instructor in the Durango area since 1990. He has opened shows for jazz artists Mose Allison and Maynard Ferguson and performed with Native American flautist, R. … read more.

Operations

Tricia Bayless
Finance Clerk

Tricia has been a member of UUFD since 2003 and values its guiding principles. She served twice on the Board as secretary and member at large and has also been on the Sunday Service, Music, Caring, Frolic and Nominating Committees. She has enjoyed being a … read more.

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Caesar Sanchez
Sexton

Caesar brings a palpable exuberance to the facilities and space of our Fellowship. You’ll see his smile during the week, or on Sundays during coffee hour.