The Search Team for the new President has begun their service. Called to this role by the Board of Trustees at Meadville Lombard Theological School, and charged to fulfill this momentous task with integrity and an utmost commitment to the school, the following individuals wish to introduce themselves. In the months to come, they will engage appropriately to encourage the participation of all the school's constituencies in the search process.
I have been a lifelong resident of New York State. I grew up in the Hudson River Valley in the towns of Tarrytown and North Tarrytown (now Sleepy Hollow). I currently live in Malta, which is between Saratoga Springs, and the capital of Albany.
I am currently serving my second of two years as the part-time ministerial intern at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield in Massachusetts. Immediately prior to that, I served as an intern chaplain at the Albany Medical Center. Before that, for ten years, I worked as the Director of the Office of the Ombudsman for the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. There I supervised a staff whose core mission was to protect and promote the legal rights of youth in the juvenile justice system. I consider that among the most rewarding work I have ever engaged in.
I was previously employed by the New York State Attorney General’s Office, first as an Assistant Attorney General in New York City, and later as the Deputy Bureau Chief for the upstate division of the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau. There I was involved in the prosecution of cases involving securities and tax fraud, environmental crimes and public corruption. At the beginning of my legal career, I served as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, where I prosecuted street crimes, and later as Deputy Counsel for the Borough President in the Bronx. My interest in a law career arose from my sincere commitment to justice and
My work experience has also included helping to supply the information needs of researchers and executive staff in both the profit and non-profit world.
Church and religious thought have always played a large role in my life, and I ultimately found a spiritual home in Unitarian Universalism in 2002. I am currently a member of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady, in New York, as well as the Church of the Larger Fellowship. Over the years, I have served in various voluntary and paid positions in congregations in the Hudson-Mohawk cluster of UU congregations in New York
I have one adult son Taylor, who is currently living his passion, and following his dream of making a living as a musician.
I graduated from Meadville Lombard’s M.Div. program in spring 2017 and was ordained by the UU Congregation of Princeton and First Unitarian Church of Baltimore in December 2017. Last spring, I was called to serve as lead minister at the First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City. Since completing my Community Studies volunteer service at the Rescue Mission of Trenton (assisting with a reentry program for men transitioning from the prison system) and doing my Clinical Pastoral Education at Bellevue Hospital in New York City (serving as a student chaplain to patients in Rikers Island mental health units), I’ve had a special interest in prison ministry. During my two-year internship at First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, I volunteered as a teacher for the Prison Yoga Project, teaching yoga and meditation to men and women in correctional facilities in central Maryland.
I completed my Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (with a dissertation on Russian and Cuban exile writers) at the University of Rochester, and went on to teach Russian language and literature at SUNY Binghamton and the University of Iowa. At Binghamton, I co-founded the national Consortium for Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum. Shifting my focus to international education, I became the Director of International Programs at the University of Iowa and went on to become Vice Provost for International Initiatives at Princeton University. I served on the Boards of the Association of International Education Administrators, Princeton in Africa, and other international education-focused organizations. I remain fully committed to intercultural learning and see my ministry as an expansion of this work. In 2017-2018, I was honored to serve as a consultant for Meadville Lombard for its two ATS internationalization grants. I am a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory and hope to apply this knowledge in my service to the MLTS Board.
I am married to Jim Reilly, an independent consultant in the field of financial compliance, and we are the proud human companions of greyhounds Bran and Rua.
Mike Hogue (he, him, his, they) is Professor of Theology, Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion at Meadville Lombard Theological School, where he has taught since 2005. He received his Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. He is the editor of the American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, the Co-Director of the Resilient Interfaith Leadership Project, and a Vice President of the Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought. He is the author of three books, the most recent of which is American Immanence: Democracy for an Uncertain World (Columbia, 2018). He is married to Sara, a social worker, and has three children: Kamryn, (7), Mikaela (9), and Kincade (18). He is definitely a dog person, but he and his family currently have cats.
Kay Montgomery worked for the Unitarian Universalist Association for thirty years until her retirement in the summer of 2013. At the UUA, she was a fundraiser for two years and then, from 1985 through 2013, served as executive vice president. In that role, she was chief of staff and worked closely with congregational ministers and lay leaders.
Prior to that, she was active in at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta and in denominational activities: elected district president, inter-district president, and director of the Southeast UU Summer Institute. She was appointed to a variety of denominational committees, including the Ministerial Fellowship Committee.
Kay attended Georgia State University where she was a philosophy major. In 1997, she was given an honorary doctorate by Meadville Lombard. She is the mother of two grown sons and grandmother of six.
As an Alumni of Meadville Lombard and in my third year of service to the MLTS Board of Trustees, I am committed to effectively and honorably seek the best candidate to serve as the next president. As a Unitarian Universalist minister in final fellowship, I serve with my partner in life and ministry, Rev. Scott-Sammler-Michael in Montclair, New Jersey. Our Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair is a thriving home for religious freedom, justice-making, and powerful, heart-centered worship. It gets loud on Sunday with joy and the drive for liberation.
Our call to Montclair followed ten years of service in Northern Virginia where we served in separate pulpits. 42 years ago, which seems like both eons ago, and just yesterday, I was born in North Branford, Connecticut to a theatre family. In college at the University of the South, I studied philosophy and fine arts, and as one of only five northerners in my class, I worked to build bridges of understanding between diverse social and identity circles. I worked for a while as a fine art photographer, darkroom artist, caterer, and chef, before pursuing the call to ministry that I had felt as a Unitarian Universalist youth.
Now my focus in ministry is split between building interfaith and intercultural relationships, reaching across the partisan divide, cultivating joy in human relations, and honestly confronting the evils of racism, xenophobia, and transphobia. In my writing and speaking, I stress humility, compassion, and the cultivation of connection–both with one another and with that which we deem holy. I believe that the love buried deep within our hearts may be the only savior we know in this life - so our work must be to break our hearts wide open.
Ministry is one way I live
Rev. Bill Sinkford (he, him, his) serves the First Unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon, as Senior Minister. He also serves as Affiliated Faculty at Meadville Lombard, on the Leadership Studies Teaching Team. Prior to his teaching role, he served on and chaired the MLTS Board of Trustees during explorations of
As UUA President (2001-2009), he was the first African American to lead a primarily white denomination. He also served as Interim Co-President of the UUA in the spring of 2017.
Bill earned his M.Div. at Starr King School for the Ministry (1995). His commitment to UU theological education is of long standing, as is his commitment to support persons of color who are called to UU religious leadership.
Ted Yang has founded eleven startups and non-profits with total current revenues over $50M and several exits. These include Cantata Media/Daily Voice, Highclere Castle Spirits, MediaCrossing, the Stamford Innovation Center and Social Venture Partners, Connecticut. His career portfolio includes CTO and leadership positions at leading banks and funds including Ultra Capital, Citigroup, Tudor, Citadel, and Bridgewater. Ted is an angel investor, advisor to companies and VC / PE firms, is Chairman of Connex International and sits on several boards including ChemPacific Corporation and non-profits such as the Wiki Education Foundation. Ted is an MIT Engineer, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, NPR and Fox Business News, and has spoken at MIT, Wharton, Babson, NYU, Columbia and Fairfield Business Schools.
Ted was born in Suffern, New York, as a son of Chinese immigrants. He and his wife Christine have a son and daughter, both aged nine, and are members of the Unitarian Church in Westport. Non-coincidentally, this was also the home church of Denny Davidoff, which explains why Ted is both a dedicated UU and in his second term as a trustee of Meadville Lombard.