The Rev. Abhi Janamanchi currently serves as Senior Minister of Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, MD.
Born and raised in Southern India, Abhi moved to the US in 1994. He is a third-generation member of the Brahmo Samaj, a Unitarian Hindu reform movement with ties to Unitarian Universalism.
Abhi has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Andhra University in
Abhi graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 1998 and was ordained by the Unitarian Church of Evanston, Illinois, the same year. Before being called to Cedar Lane in August 2013, Abhi served congregations in Clearwater, Florida (1999-2013), Madison, Wisconsin (1998-99), and Park Forest, Illinois (1997-98).
Abhi has been actively involved in international interfaith and multicultural work for over two decades including serving as President of the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF). His Unitarian Universalist-Hindu faith, his Indian heritage, and his American citizenship inspire and guide him in his life and his ministry.
Abhi currently serves as the UUA’s Ambassador to the Unitarian Union of Northeast India and Chennai Unitarian Christian Church. He served on the Meadville Lombard Board of Trustees from 2013 to 2016.
Abhi is the co-editor and co-contributor of two Skinner House books: Falling Into The Sky: A Meditation Anthology and Katha Sagar, Ocean of Stories.
He and his wife, Lalitha, with their two sons, Abhimanyu and Yashasvi, live in Rockville, MD.
Hillary Goodridge has been, for the past twenty-one years, the director of the Unitarian Universalist Funding Panels (UUFP). The four panels give small grants (totaling $1.1 million dollars last year). They are funded by the Veatch Program at Shelter Rock. The panels, composed of volunteers appointed by the UUA board, are:
In her role as director, Goodridge has arguably had as much or more contact with UUs and activists than any other person in the faith. Prior to her work with UUFP, from 1985 to 1995, she was the development director of the Haymarket People's Fund, a New England-based foundation giving grants to social justice agencies.
Goodridge graduated from Dartmouth College in 1979 as a member of the first class there that accepted women as students.
In her personal life, Goodridge and her then-partner of eighteen years, Julie Goodridge, were the lead plaintiffs in the Goodridge case in Massachusetts, the first successful marriage equality case in the country. The case and the seven plaintiff couples received considerable press attention in the country and internationally.
Daniel O. Aleshire retired as executive director of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) in 2017. Aleshire joined the ATS staff in 1990 as associate director for accreditation and was elected executive director in 1998. The Association comprises more than 270 seminaries, schools of theology, and divinity schools in the United States and Canada. The ATS Commission on Accrediting is the primary accrediting agency for post-baccalaureate theological education. His career has included almost forty years in theological education. He holds the BS from Belmont University, the MDiv degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a