Faith Formation Staff
Coordinator of Faith Formation
Sharon says she is a writer, teacher, and spiritual seeker. She believes her position as Coordinator of Faith Formation is a perfect fit for her interests, skills, and experience.
She returned to Durango in 2021, where she grew up, after living in Denver for 30 years and subsequently Houston for sixteen years. She is a licensed practitioner (RSc.P) with the Centers for Spiritual Living since 2010, and she holds an M.F.A, in Writing Commercial Fiction from Seton Hill University.
Sharon has taught college-level English and Composition, had a long career as a technical writer in the IT and oil industries, and is the author of twelve novels. She especially loves teaching in environments where there is collaborative discussion and learning. She regards herself as a life-long, continual learning, and she loves sharing with others in both workshops and informal settings. One of the principles she strives to live by is “Look for the Good and praise it,” a saying that first came to her from a mentor when she first embarked on her spiritual studies.
She has been the Coordinator of Faith Formation at UUFD since July 2022.
Youth Programming Coordinator
Harrison Wendt has a strong background in child care, social justice and advocacy work. Harrison has a deep connection with theater. You may have seen him in musicals at Fort Lewis College. He co-founded a summer musical theater company “ART Co.” in 2019.
Harrison has a special rapport with kids who easily relate to his sense of play and having fun, which he consciously reminds himself to embody when things seem a little too serious. In his role of Youth Coordinator, he is deeply committed to helping grow the children and youth program back to the levels it was pre-pandemic. He is often the face of Time for All Ages on a Sunday morning before he and the kids head off to Sunday Faith Formation Classes. He is a certified instructor for OWL at the elementary level.
Harrison is deeply interested in politics and social justice. He served on the organizing committee and helped create The Southwest Movement for Black Lives in 2020.
Harrison is thrilled that he can continue to give back to the community through our youth in teachings on core UU beliefs.
Many of you may know Nikki as the highly efficient, friendly Office Administrator at UUFD. She brings that same spirit and dedication to being teacher who has great rapport for the children and youth. She first came to UUFD via Pine Song 2022, then in September 2022 became a teacher. She is a certified instructor of OWL at the elementary level.
She is a full-time college student, studying IT. She spends as much time as possible with loved ones or outside, enjoying hiking and camping. She’s also a creative who likes to paint and craft. She also likes engaging with Durango’s vibrant drag community.
Nikki grew up in northern Minnesota and moved to Durango in 2021. She’s grateful to live in this beautiful area and to be part of the vibrant UUFD community.