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 India, and did graduate work in quantum mechanics and solid state physics at the same university.
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 the Program Director of the Unitarian Universalist Funding Program since 1995. A board-appointed committee of the UUA, with funding provided by the UU Veatch Program at Shelter Rock, this year the UUFP will grant more than $1.1 million to UU denominational and social justice programs.
Prior to this position, Hillary served for ten years as Development Director at Haymarket People’s Fund, a progressive foundation making grants to social change organizations throughout New England. From 1982 to 1985, she worked in the Development Office of the UUA. She cut her teeth fundraising at the Harvard Campaign and before that enjoyed a short but lively career at Simon & Schuster book publishers in New York.
Hillary was in the first class that accepted girls at St. Paul’s School (Concord, NH), attended Smith College and received her BA cum laude from Dartmouth College.
Hillary has done consulting and training in fundraising and grantmaking with a wide range of organizations, families, and individuals. She has a deep passion for social and economic justice and organizational development. In 2001 she and her then-partner of 18 years were plaintiffs in the lawsuit that won marriage equality in Massachusetts in 2004. Hillary lives outside of Boston with her partner, Harlyn Aizley and their daughters Annie and Betsy. Annie will graduate from Oberlin in May.
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 PhD in psychology from George Peabody College for Teachers (now Peabody College of Vanderbilt University). He has spoken and written extensively on issues of ministry and theological education. Notable among his publications is Being There: Culture and Formation in Two Theological Seminaries (Oxford University Press) co-authored with Jackson Carroll, Barbara Wheeler, and Penny Long Marler, which received the 1998 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion; and Earthen Vessels: Hopeful Reflections on the Work and Future of Theological Schools (Eerdmans, 2008). He is currently working on a new book, The Next Future of Theological Education, scheduled for publication in 2019.