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 Community.

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 the White Mountains of New England and has enjoyed many years in this beautiful part of the county.

Lisa McCorry
Director of Faith Formation

Lisa previously served as a UU religious education teacher in South Bend, Indiana and as a youth advisor at UUFD. Lisa began her profession in liberal religious leadership following a fulfilling career as a chef. She enjoys expanding the hearts and minds of children through meaningful programming, guided exploration and multigenerational learning. Her culinary background feeds programming with the use of food, cooking and meal sharing as a spiritual practice, a form of community building and a window into multicultural religious exploration.

Marilyn Garst
Music Director

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.  In 2007, she took on a new role as Music Director and pianist for this fellowship and also founded an annual Recital Series.  Music has always served as Marilyn’s spiritual grounding, and she believes that music is an important part of a church’s ministry.

Kerry Ginger
Choir Director

Kerry earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice at Arizona State University and currently serves as an assistant professor of Voice at Fort Lewis College. She moved to Durango in 2015 and believes that choral music builds peaceful community, nurtures compassion, and inspires us all to greater reflection, growth, and action. She encourages singers of all ages and experience levels to come “make a joyful noise” in service of the living UU spiritual tradition.

Lawrence Nass
Accompanist

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. Carlos Nakai. Also, he has performed with the San Juan Symphony, Music in the Mountains Symphony Orchestra and musicians from Fort Lewis College. He has been singing/playing for UUFD for three years and is the accompanist for the UUFD choir.

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 Worship Leader, the Greeter Chairperson and an RE teacher for middle/high school. Tricia is a retired secondary Speech, English and French teacher and currently works part time at the Durango Welcome Center and at the Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall.

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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.