Reverend Holly Brown, Interim Minister

Rev. Holly Brown
Minister
minister@uutallahassee.org

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

    Hello Beloveds, Have you ever decided that now is the time to do something? Maybe something you have been putting off or the sense of urgency has changed. So much comes to mind with this question for me especially in light of what is going on in my life, the life of the church, and […]

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  • Message from the Minister

    Happy New Year, Beloveds! A new year brings lots of excitement and some new opportunities. There are changes and many things to look forward to. You will have the opportunity to participate in monthly small group ministry circles based on the monthly theme packets from Soul Matters Sharing Circle. A zoom format will take place on […]

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  • Message from the Minister

    Click here to view a video excerpt from Rev. Holly Brown’s November 27, 2022 sermon highlighting proposed changes to our UU Principles and Purposes. To learn more about the Article II Study Commission visit https://www.uua.org/…/commi…/article-ii-study-commission. The full draft of Article can be viewed here: https://drive.google.com/…/1TCDcmIXgbqxUQ1ShpQx…/view…

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Angel de Armendi, Music Director

Angel de Armendi
Music Director
music.director@uutallahassee.org
Photo: AJ Studios Photography

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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  • Message from the Music Director

    ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly As winter nears, we embrace the season with hope, as tradition mandates. Deep down our ancestors left us a biased legacy, beneath the surplus of religious text, that is most loyal to the northern hemisphere experience of the seasons. Are we perhaps able to feel what this season means […]

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  • Message from the Music Director

    Sabbatical Chronicles Final InstallmentDiscernment: Owning our Thoughts and Feelings Everyone from my original group has finally left the jungle. I am referring to the group that joined me in the Amazons during my Sabbatical. We stay connected through a shared Facebook group and a Whatsapp chat. We share about our journeys coming back home, and […]

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  • Sabbatical Chronicles III
    Spiritual Practices

    There are thirteen of us leaving after the first month in the jungle for a few days of break in Iquitos, one remains behind, not ready to be out in the world just yet. That was me. I sent videos to my closest family members with those going on break. I stayed behind to better […]

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Helen Cassara, Director of Religious Exploration

Helen Cassara,
Director of Religious Exploration
religious.exploration@uutallahassee.org

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 Director of Religious Exploration

    Hello and Bright Blessings! It’s my favorite time of year – spooky season – and it’s time to start planning UUCT’s third annual Halloween Trunk or Treat and Youth Group Bonfire! The event will take place on Friday, October 28 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Trunks can start setting up at 5:30, we’ll trunk or […]

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  • Message from the Director of Religious Exploration

    Hello and Bright Blessings! We are deep in the planning phase for our 2022-23 program year, and I’m so excited about how it’s shaping up!  Right now, we anticipate offering the Soul Matters Coming of Age curriculum for our middle and high schoolers. This program will include twice-monthly sessions from September to May and culminate […]

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  • Message from the Director of Religious Exploration

    Hello and Bright Blessings! I have just a few announcements and updates for you as we continue prep for our 2022-23 program year! Our school year programming will officially begin the first Sunday in September, but there’s a lot of work to do first!  There will be a training workshop for current and potential RE […]

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Adriane Pitt, Office Administrator

Adriane Pitt
Office Administrator
office@uutallahassee.org

Adriane (she/her/hers) is from Northwest PA but, sick of driving in snow, came to Tallahassee over 15 years ago. She brings over twenty years of office management, human resources, and community outreach experience. Adriane keeps the church administrative functions running smoothly and works to keep all of us connected. She publishes weekly eBulletins and our monthly newsletter, maintains our website, and events calendars, and is admin to our Zoom account and Facebook pages. She also handles facility rentals/inquiries, HR tasks such as payroll, background checks, and insurance claims as well as assisting congregants and leadership with miscellaneous requests.

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 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.