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 Minster

    Greetings Beloveds, Would you like to attend the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly (GA) as a voting delegate? As we approach the end of the church year, UUCT has the opportunity to participate in General Assembly (GA) which happens at the end of June every year. This is a national gathering of UU congregations to

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  • Message from the Minister

    Beloveds, It has been so wonderful to meet more of you in person and that more of you have been able to attend events online. We want to see you all represented in our display in the sanctuary. If you have not had the opportunity to participate yet, there is still time.  You are invited

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  • Message from the Minister

    Greetings dear ones, So many exciting things are happening. The search process is moving forward on schedule, and I am sharing below some important highlights. Additionally, the opportunity for in-person worship has been a wonderful chance to come together in a way that has not been possible for nearly two years.  Important Timeline Highlights –

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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

    See you all very soon! To my beloved congregation and colleagues at UUCT.  The spiritual segment of my Sabbatical has begun. When I return in June to Tallahassee, less than three months away, I would have completed what seems like a daunting yet exhilarating journey to the Amazons.  I am both grateful and honored to

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  • From Your Music Director

    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

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  • The Beautiful Art of Singing

      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

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Helen Cassara, Director of Religious Exploration

Helen Cassara,
Director of Religious Exploration
uuctdre2810@gmail.com

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.

Recent Messages from the DRE | View All

  • Message from the Director of Religious Exploration

    Hello and Bright Blessings! It’s been a busy few months with RE at UUCT! This message includes everything you need to know about RE for May and going into the summer, and I promise I’ll try to keep it brief. Going forward, Youth Group for middle and high school will meet at their regular time –

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  • Message from the Director of Religious Exploration

    Beloveds, One of my favorite parenting coaches is Dr. Becky Kennedy, and one of the best parenting tricks I’ve learned from her is this simple phrase: “You didn’t want that to happen.” I love this phrase because it is non-judgemental and validating, and can be used in so many circumstances. Kiddo spilled their juice? “Oops, you didn’t

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  • Message from the DRE

    Hello and Bright Blessings! There is a ton of important information here, so please read it carefully and let me know if you have any questions or concerns!  We are back in action for a super fun spring jam-packed with in-person RE, Youth Group, family activities, and opportunities for parents and caregivers to connect. We’ll

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Adriane Pitt, Office Administrator

Adriane Pitt
Office Administrator
uutallahassee@gmail.com

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.