Meet the Minister

childrens_storyI have been serving the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton since the fall of 2003. My wife and I have three children who are active in this congregation.

In addition to preaching three out of four Sundays a month, I also teach Adult Religious Education classes, participate in interfaith events throughout the community, support Social Justice work with other members of the congregation, offer pastoral care to members of the congregation, and officiate at weddings and memorial services for both members and non-members.

I am a fourth generation Unitarian Universalist, and the son of an ordained UU minister.  My mother, Rev. Elizabeth M. Strong, was ordained as the Minister of Religious Education at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, NY when I was thirteen.  As perhaps one would assume, the church was an enormous part of my life during my formative years.

It was through the church that I discovered my first love: music.  Singing led me to perform in musicals at the church and my high school.  It led me to my first real job, at Camp Unirondack (a UU summer camp in the Adirondacks), as the music and drama counselor back in the summer of ’88.

After several years working with developmentally disabled adults, I entered seminary.  I graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, one of our two Unitarian Universalist seminaries.  I was ordained in 1999.

I have found this congregation to be passionate about Justice and Equality issues, caring of one another in our times of joy and sorrow, willing to have fun and be silly together, appreciative of new perspectives and thoughtful interchange, happy to have children in their midst, spiritually grounded, ethically engaged, and welcoming of new people and new families.

If you have found our web site of interest, I hope we have a chance to meet you in person.  Come and worship with us.

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