“I especially enjoy working with the creative, intentional people at Meadville Lombard who share my dedication to religious education, social justice, diversity, and equality.”
Joy joined the Fahs team at MLTS in 2017 after nine years as a professional religious educator, serving UU congregations in Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. She has also served as the camp director for UU Summer Camp at Murray Grove, and the coordinator of education at the Children’s Museum of Arkansas. In her work for the larger faith, she is a youth ministry consultant for the Southern Region of the UUA, and has served for 5 years on the 21st Century Committee, where she worked to support innovative projects in the field of religious education with grants from the LREDA Endowment Fund. She lives with her husband and their two youngest children in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where she raises chickens. She works remotely from her home there, but loves traveling to Chicago and elsewhere in her work for MLTS and Fahs. Her work centers on supporting faith formation in its many forms, while helping Fahs fulfill its mission. She is often facilitating, creating, curating, evaluating, and sharing the innovative tools and resources that help people grow in spirit and live more faithful lives.
“At the Fahs Collaborative, I can focus my energy on the power of faith development as a transformational experience that changes lives and communities for good. It’s wonderful to be able to practice my Unitarian Universalist faith daily by serving religious educators, children and youth, seminarians, congregations, and beyond. I especially enjoy working with the creative, intentional people here who share my dedication to religious education, social justice, diversity, and equality.”