Rev. Jen Crow joined Rev. Justin Schroeder as Senior Co-Minister at First Universalist in June of 2018. Jen first joined First Universalist Church of Minneapolis as minister of program life in 2012. She founded the UU Wellspring program in 2005 while serving as associate minister at First Unitarian Church of Rochester (NY). Jen holds a master of divinity degree Meadville Lombard Theological School and a bachelor of science in psychology from Smith College.
Jen draws on our own UU prophets for strength and inspiration, as well as her own daily spiritual practice of prayer and meditation. She thinks creatively and boldly about new and meaningful ways we can offer the life-transforming experience of Unitarian Universalism to each other.
Linnea Nelson, Credentialed DRE, former Director of Religious Exploration at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax in Oakton, VA. Previously Linnea was a Head of School, a Learning Center Director and a teacher at private, public and independent schools in the US and Colombia, Indonesia and Germany. Linnea was an educational textbook writer and editor as well as an international trainer for the Great Books Foundation.
Linnea has facilitated and participated in UU Wellspring groups for four years. She found the experience transformational and life-affirming. An essay she wrote about a spiritual practice she developed while participating the UU Sources program can be found in Faithful Practices: Everyday Ways to Feed Your Spirit, edited by Erik Wikstrom, which will be used in UU Wellspring Sacred Arts. Contact email@example.com.
Our Board of Directors
Rev. Kimberley Debus works as a community minister in the Capital Region, inspiring congregations to more artful and art-filled worship, congregational life, and public witness. In addition to her community ministry, she is an adjunct consultant with the Central East Region. She has previously served the First Universalist Church of Southold on Long Island and One Island Family UU Congregation in Key West, and is a member of our congregation in Saratoga Springs. Kimberley first participated in UU Wellspring in 2010-2011 as part of a joint venture of the Albany, NY area cluster. As she notes whenever asked – and sometimes without being asked – Wellspring made space for her ministerial discernment and transition from lay leader to seminarian and now to minister.
Dave Munro is an interfaith/interspiritual minister, ordained in June 2017 by One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City. Dave was also recently certified as a spiritual director. Dave is an interfaith hospital chaplain and he regularly serves as a chaplain at Albany NY Medical Center. He is also trained as a Hospice volunteer.
Dave, a retired attorney who still does quite a bit of pro bono work for low-income clients, has served Unitarian Universalism in many roles, including president of his home congregation of Albany NY and president of the St. Lawrence District. Additionally, Dave served on the national UU Wellspring Advisory Team from 2012-16, and he has facilitated four of the UU Wellspring programs. He strongly believes that participation in UU Wellspring provides the spiritual grounding that is needed for UU leaders.
Rev. Tina Simson believes that people are whole and worthy of grace no matter what circumstance has come their way, and that given the opportunity to listen deeply to their inner spark of life, they will find their way home to their true selves.
She is an Interfaith Minister educated and ordained through One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York and holds a certificate in Spiritual Counseling. In addition to her work at First Unitarian, she provides individual spiritual direction and counseling and is committed to respecting all faith traditions and assisting individuals in navigating life’s transitions in light of their spiritual needs and beliefs.
Tina is an Associate Member of the UUMA, and has served First Unitarian since 2010. Prior to studying for the ministry, Tina worked in the Rochester, NY community as a director of non-profit social service organizations, and as a counselor and workshop facilitator for 25 years.
She travels this life with her soul mate Joe, her three children, abundant grandchildren and her delightful dog, Roscoe.
Rev. Deborah Raible is a community minister in private practice as a pastoral counselor in Seattle. She is a lifelong UU, following three previous generations of Unitarians in her family, and the third generation to go into the Unitarian (and now) Universalist ministry. Deborah is also a lifelong member of University Unitarian Church, Seattle, which ordained her in 1996 and called her as a Minister Affiliated in 1997.
Sara Smalley has worked both as a professional educator and as a lay leader in multiple UU congregations in the Twin Cities. As a longtime member of First Universalist of Minneapolis, she was invited by Rev. Jen Crow to participate in the pilot year of UU Wellspring in that congregation. For her, the experience of UU Wellspring brought clarity to her call to ministry, and thus she is currently a seminarian at Meadville Lombard Theological School. Sara was the primary writer for the 2015 curriculum revision of the first year of UU Wellspring. She has a passion for exploring how Unitarian Universalism is best taught and most fully lived.
Religious Professional Participation in UU Wellspring
* Religious Professional(s) participating in UU Wellspring group in 2018-9:
*Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist, IL *First Parish in Bedford, MA *First Parish Milton, MA *First Religious Society (UU), MA *First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque, NM *First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg, CANADA *First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, MI *First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse, NY *First Universalist Unitarian Church of Wausau, WI *Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church, OH *Live Oak UU Church, TX *Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church, MA Pacific Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, CA *River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, MD Unitarian Society of Iowa, IO The Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, NJ *Throop Unitarian Universalist Church, CA *Unitarian Church of Montpelier, VT Unitarian Universalist of Baton Rouge, LA Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, CA *Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth, ME Unitarian Universalist Church of Reston, VA *Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah Georgia, GA *Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa, FL *Unitarian Universalist Church of the Foot Hills, CO *Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley, VA *Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver, WA *Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, CA *Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus, OH Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, VA *Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockland, ME *Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, RI *Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York, PA *Unitarian Universalist Society of Martha’s Vineyard, MA *UU Fellowship of Winston Salem, NC *UUA *White Bear Lake UU Church, MN