Anya Sammler-Michael

Board Member

“To prepare for the ministry, you will need roots and wings. Meadville Lombard education will give you both.”

Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael has served the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling in Loudoun, VA, since 2007.    

Rev. Anya is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist with a passion for racial justice and interfaith engagement. She is a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School where she concentrated on Theology and Ethics.  Her undergraduate majors were Philosophy and Fine Art Photography, with a heavy dose of varsity and club sports. She is married to Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael, another MLTS alum (and yes, they did meet at seminary). The Sammler-Michaels are co-ministers of the thriving Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair in New Jersey.   Rev. Anya has received awards for her commitment to interfaith engagement from Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES and the All Dulles Area Muslim Society.  In 2012 she delivered an invocation for First Lady, Michelle Obama, and an invocation for President Barack Obama at separate campaign events.  Her present foci include Language Philosophy, a liberal religious investigation of evil, and bridging the partisan split in our UU congregations.  When she is not writing a sermon she is composing a slam poem.

What is your message to a prospective student?

“To prepare for the ministry you will need roots and wings. Meadville Lombard's own roots in our tradition are bequeathed to their students through scholarship and experiential learning. The fine educators and the empowering experiences of Meadville Lombard education will also give you leave to grow your wings — it will help you hone and develop your individual calling. Conviction and capacity in all aspects of ministry demand both this foundation and this flourishing.”

What is meaningful to you in your work for MLTS?

“The preservation of the institution of Meadville Lombard is, I believe, essential for the preservation and thriving of our faith tradition. The work of the school is the work of Unitarian Universalism — preserving a tradition, calling forth and equipping leaders, demanding change and transformation both within its ranks and within our wider world. Like all institutions, MLTS falls short of its highest expectations, but unlike all institutions, MLTS accepts the challenge to evolve. It is my calling to be a part of that evolution.”