Our Minister and Staff
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.
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 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.
A UU since her early twenties, Tara found UUFD right away upon moving here from her native Midwest a decade ago. She finds Spirit through community, nature, service, mindfulness practices, and deep listening. Tara enjoys raising her three daughters with her spouse Lee. She is excited to help connect people to the activities and roles in the congregation that bring them joy and fulfillment.
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.
Alane came to our fellowship as choir director after 15 years of experience leading a small feminist choir. She is a songwriter and producer, with 2 albums to her credit. She believes that singing is good for everyone; it keeps the mind flexible, promotes optimism and connects us to the sacred on a deep level. Alane is interested in music of diverse styles and cultures. She loves bringing music to life through our choir and strives to make the choral program accessible to singers of all ages and levels of experience.
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.
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.
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.