Here’s the kind of congregation Rev. Connie was hoping to find

You love music and the arts, and enjoy creativity in your worship experience. You welcome everyone, regardless of ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical or neural ability, political affiliation or theology. You do justice work. You participate in the larger UU world.  

Your minds and your hearts are open to new learning and new experiences. You have a clear mission and vision for the future. You know who you are, and are open and honest about your strengths, vulnerabilities and opportunities. You are fiscally stable. You communicate openly, honestly and lovingly with one another. You like to have fun.


Reverend Connie Simon. Photo credit Larry PytlinskiRev. Connie brings First Church every quality we said we needed ... and more

Rev. Connie” brings us leading-edge UU spirituality combined with a 28-year career in the legal and public service sectors. She was a tax attorney for the State of Massachusetts, and held various positions with Time Warner and Bank of America in Tennessee, Colorado and Delaware. She also was a director of a liberal candidate training organization, and of an emergency housing and social services agency. 

Rev. Connie holds a doctorate in jurisprudence from Northeastern University School of Law, master’s degree in telecommunications in regulation and policy from University of Denver, and bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Indiana University-Bloomington.  

Reverend Connie Simon w First Church congregation. Photo credit Larry PytlinskiRev. Connie graduates this May with a master’s in divinity from Meadville-Lombard Theological School. She has been intern minister for the past two years at the Unitarian Society of Germantown (PA), one of UUA‘s most diverse and inclusive churches. She works part-time as a Philadelphia hospital chaplain. She is a member of UU Religious Professionals of Color, and has written UUA worship curriculum on racial justice. One of her mentors is Rev. Bill Sinkford, past president and past co-president of national UUA and former member of our church.

 

 

Rev. Connie Simon's sermon,
"Who I am: Inside Out Ministry"
April 22, 2018

Our 7 UU Principles:

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.