Since 2009, Deb has served our congregation by leading services, supporting members through her expertise as a licensed social worker and performing special ceremonies.
By Lauri Molnar
My holiday wish is peace and goodwill to all!
With mass shootings that hit this year in towns where both my adult children live, the words peace and goodwill to all means so much more.
I wish goodwill to all in my church family, other ethnic and religious groups, and of course my family. I wish for peace in the USA, within our families as we celebrate, and among our leaders of the UUA and our nation as they work on policies that will be fair to all.
The Coke(R) commercial from 1970 has helped me get through some of these trying times: I still believe we can live in perfect harmony when we allow all people to contribute their talents to our church community, their families and our world.
Keep harmony, wishes of good will and peace with you through the season as you gather with relatives and remember that each one of us is a unique and essential contribution to the whole. Peace & Love.
UUCGC board and leaders
Minister Rev. Beth Marshall
CLM Deb Kotte Chaney
President Lauri Molnar
Vice President Kathie Courtney
Secretary Jon Kicken
Treasurer Dianne Digianantonio
Trustee Diane B.
Trustee Bob DuBois
Trustee Melissa Reahm
Music Directory Brittni Roach
Director of Religious
Education Marti Livingstone
As a life-long Unitarian Universalist, I can trace my path to ministry back to growing up in a small, lay-led fellowship.
Seminary began at John Carroll University in Shaker Hts., with a detour through Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and finally was completed at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. More than one person suggested that perhaps it was more of a “Gradual Degree” than a “Graduate Degree, but I have no regrets. Taking classes part-time in the evenings, allowed me to be home with my two children.
Since ordination in 2003, I have served First Universalist Church in Southold, New York; the UU Church of Blanchard Valley in Findlay, Ohio and most recently , First Unitarian Church in Toledo, Ohio.
My theological roots are unabashedly secular humanist. Today I simply call myself a Unitarian Universalist. In the course of any given liturgical year, I draw upon modern works of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and science, as well as ancient readings from all the faith traditions. If anything, I pull a bit more from modern Buddhists. Does this make me a UU Buddhist? No, but it recognizes that for those particular services I have found supporting wisdom within the Buddhist tradition.
My husband, Tony Wilgus, and I have made our home in Oberlin, Ohio. Tony recently finished teaching Social Work at the University of Findlay, and is now focusing his time on writing, consulting, and serving on the Board of Healthy Congregations. Between the two of us, we are parents to five grown children and grandparents to six grandchildren, who live across the country in five states and three different time zones.