Our Minister and Staff
Reverend Holly Brown, Interim Minister
Rev. Holly (they/them/theirs) was ordained on April 3, 2021, by Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church in Charlotte and Salisbury, NC, where they served as a ministerial intern. Rev. Holly earned their Master of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO) with a special focus on UU courses offered by the UU House of Studies at MTSO. During seminary, they served as a student minister at North Unitarian Universalist Church in Lewis Center, Ohio and student chaplain during one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Rev. Holly also served as an Interim Director of Religious Education at the UU Congregation of Greenville, NC before perusing ministry.
Rev. Holly has a passion for Racial Justice, LGBTQIA Rights, Interfaith Work, and Mental Health Awareness and Accessibility Justice. In addition to local justice work, Rev. Holly is a member of several UUA and UUMA (UU Ministers Association) groups including TRUUsT (Trans Religious professional Unitarian Universalists Together), Trans/Nonbinary Ministers, Ministers with Disabilities, ARE (Allies for Racial Equity), and the UU Mental Health Network.
Recent Messages from the Minister | View All
Message from the Minister Season’s Greetings Beloveds, This holiday season can bring a mix of emotions – joy and sorrow. Joy at being with loved ones and seeing old friends, of giving and receiving gifts – especially the joy of watching a child open a gift. This past weekend, it was a joy to see
Message from the Minister Greetings Beloveds, During the business of this Holiday Season, I would like to invite you to find and be open to the Joy that surrounds us. Even in the midst of the ongoing pandemic there is joy if we just remember to look for it. This month our theme is Opening to Joy. You will see this through out the Sunday services and for
Message from the Minister Greetings Beloveds, Join me for a drop by event on the veranda on November 3 between 10 am – Noon or on November 7th between 2 pm – 4 pm. I want to learn about the history of the church from your perspective. What was one (or a few) really important moment(s) in your relationship with the church? Some of the stories shared on the timeline will be
Angel de Armendi, Music Director
Angel (he/she/they/any) received his Bachelor of Music degree from New World School of the Arts and continued his study of piano performance at Florida International University. He made his way to Tallahassee through the Music Theory graduate program at FSU. While in school he diversified his piano skills accompanying FSU and Tallahassee City Ballet dance classes. His interest in vocal coaching took him to the Asolo Song Festival in Italy during two summers, as Assistant Director/Pianist and Composer In Residence. In Tallahassee, he also directs the High Holy Days Choir at Temple Israel, and has been their regular pianist since 2008. His love for sacred music and practice has motivated him to go through and graduate in 2015 from the Music Leadership Credentialing Program, offered by the Unitarian Universalist Musicians’ Network. During their 2015 conference in Boston he was unanimously elected as Board Member at Large for the Board of Trustees, a three-year voluntary commitment. He is deeply committed to building a thriving music program at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee.
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First, I want to say that it has been a most inspiring year. The choir has performed quite a lot of pieces for services and the most during Music Sunday since I came to work at UUCT eight years ago. They are truly the muse behind my arrangements and compositions, and I am in the
For seven days during my Kundalini Yoga retreat I woke up around three in the morning to the sound of a singing ensemble in preparation for Sadhana. Sikh Dharma International states that “Sadhana means daily spiritual practice. It is the foundation of all spiritual endeavor. Sadhana is your personal, individual spiritual effort. It is
The setting in Hebrew of Psalm 23 titled “Adonai Ro-i” by composer Gerald Cohen is perhaps the most popular piece in Jewish America at a Yizkor service, a remembrance service during the Jewish High Holy Days. The setting in Hebrew of Psalm 23 titled “Adonai Ro-i” by composer Gerald Cohen is perhaps the most popular
Helen Cassara, Director of Religious Exploration
Helen (they/them/theirs) comes to us from Knoxville, Tennessee, where they worked with children of all ages and abilities in clinical and recreational settings. They studied social work at East Tennessee State University and is currently a Master of Divinity student at Starr King School for the Ministry. They are particularly interested in community ministry and the places where social work and ministry intersect. At UUCT, they manage the children and youth programs, focusing on faith formation through fellowship and fun and encouraging young people to engage with social justice as a way to live their UU values.
Helen’s hobbies include keeping up with their wildly adventurous child, trying to make the world a better place, and writing. Their portfolio includes several pieces that have been featured by the UUA.
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Message from the DRE Hello and Bright Blessings! My goodness, it’s been so long! I am so excited I finally get to share with you that we’re ready to return to some in-person RE and Youth Group activities at UUCT! This process will be much more an intentional unfolding rather than the big back to church celebrations
Message from the DRE Hello and Bright Blessings! If we were gathering in person, I would take a moment every Sunday to let the whole congregation know what’s going on in RE. Since we haven’t had that opportunity in some time now, I’d love to show you a little bit of what’s been going on in RE
Hello and Bright Blessings! When I emailed the professor for my first class this summer to let her know that I would be participating in class while still in quarantine and taking care of my four-year-old single-handedly, and that I would probably have to participate a good bit without video, and would likely be called
Adriane Pitt, Office Administrator
Adriane (she/her/hers) is from Northwest PA. Sick of driving in snow, she came to Tallahassee over 15 years ago. She brings over twenty years of office management, human resources, and community outreach experience. Once given the nickname “Queen of Extreme Multi-tasking” she loves what she does and is excited to be a part of UUCT.
In her free time, Adriane enjoys cooking, crafting, and the daily unexpected adventures that being a mom to her son Hank brings.
Les Campbell, Sexton
Les (he/him/his) is a multi-talented handyman who loves the outdoors. His family has been in the Big Bend for generations and he is a wonderful unofficial local tour guide. He volunteers much of his free time with organizations that focus on cleaning up the environment.