Denominational Experience

Alison with fellow Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF) board members (Charles DuMond, Arif Mamdani, and Meg Riley)
Alison with fellow Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF) board members (Charles DuMond, Arif Mamdani, and Meg Riley)

Alison’s lifelong passion and commitment to the health and vitality of our faith are welcome qualities in the future President of our Association. She has held numerous positions of leadership at the local, regional and national levels and has a depth of knowledge of working with congregations, UU covenanted communities, and the various networks and structures of the Association.

In addition to serving a brick-and-mortar congregation, Alison makes it a priority to engage in leadership and service opportunities to grow Unitarian Universalism, to develop robust and relevant UU institutions, and to grow our connections with the wider world.

She is President of the Board of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, one of our most innovative and largest ministries that successfully reaches out to Unitarian Universalists in new places and with the newest technology. Alison has been an instrumental part of the leadership during a time of vibrant transition and changes that have expanded the CLF’s outreach, programming and commitment to spirituality and justice-building. It supports the spiritual lives of all kinds of people – prisoners, military members, religious professionals and Unitarian Universalists living all around the globe.

Alison is a leader in the UU Legislative Ministry of New Jersey and involved in Board work, stewardship, and the Executive Council. She has been integral in the organization as it cultivates resources, increases staff, and develops a structure to equip New Jersey UUs to live into our advocacy and justice-building aspirations.

Alison has devoted twelve years to building, founding and tending ministries with youth, college students, and young adults. She has been a regional and a national leader, trainer and strategic organizer of these ministries. Today, we are lifting the importance of supporting UU ministries beyond the congregations. Alison was part of the team first involved in building a campus ministry movement involving some of the earliest examples of covenanted UU communities outside the walls of our congregations. She was a key strategic organizer for the development of these ministries.

Alison is frequently engaged by UU institutions to support the work of stewardship and development, including being hired in the UU Development Office and volunteer work with UU and area non-profits. She was invited into the work of leadership, vision and strategy as a young adult, and this has continued throughout her professional life.

 

STAFF EXPERIENCE

Coordinator of Youth & Young Adult Ministry Campaign, UUA Development, 2/2001 – 5/2003

Coordinated the Mind the Gap campaign which successfully organized hundreds of UU congregations to hold a worship service to raise awareness and money to support youth, campus and young adult ministry. Represented and promoted the campaign at denominational conferences and through other forms of communication and media. Ran workshops.   Managed and generated resources to assist congregations with fundraising, publicity and worship. Motivated and supported volunteers.

 

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF)

  • Board of Trustees, 2011 – Present
  • President, Board of Trustees, 2014 – Present
  • Vice President, 2013 – 2014
  • CLF Ministerial Search Committee, 2009 – 2010
  • CYF Steering Committee, 2005 – 2006

UU Legislative Ministry of New Jersey (UULMNJ)

  • Board Member, 2013 – Present
  • President of the UULMNJ’s Public Policy Network, 2013 – Present
  • Keynote Speaker, Fall Conference, 2008

Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)

  • General Assembly Sunday Morning Worship Leader: Re-Storying Hope, 2015
  • Umbrella Capital Campaign, CLF Rep. (UUA, UUSC, Meadville, SKSM, CLF, UUMA)
  • Contributor to two published Skinner House Books:

            Jewish Voices in Unitarian Universalism, 2014

            In the Interim, 2013

  • President’s Council Keynote Speaker, 2010
  • UUA Standing on the Side of Love Congregational Advisory Council, 2009 – 2010
  • UUA Youth Ministry Working Group, UUMA Representative, 2007 – 2009
  • General Assembly Bridging Worship Planning Team and Speaker, 2006 & 2008
  • UUA Youth Ministry Summit, Minister at large, 2007
  • Chair, Campus Ministry Advisory Committee, 2003 – 2005
  • Youth, Campus, and Young Adult Ministry Trainer: National, Regional, Local, 1999 – 2009

UU Ministers Association (UUMA)

  • Member of UU Metro-NY UUMA Chapter and NJ Cluster, 2005 – Present
  • UU Metro-NY UUMA Chapter President, 2009 – 2011

UU Metro New York (UU Metro-NY)

  • UU Metro-NY District Annual Meeting

           Panelist/Workshop leader on various topics over the years

           Organizer and Speaker at Marriage Equality Rally, 2013

           Opening Worship Leader, 2006

  • Anti-Racism and Diversity (ARDC) Committee Member, 2004 – 2007
  • Facilitator, Mission, Vision, Strategic Planning Meeting ARDC, 2004
  • Metro NY District Youth Advisor, Adult Co-chair of YAC, 1999 – 2000
  • UU Metro-NY Young Adult Representative to the Board, 1999 – 2000
  • Growth and Extension Committee, 1999 – 2000

UUs for Jewish Awareness (UUJA)

  • UUJA Biennial Conference Planning Team and Host Congregation, 2014

UU Women’s Federation (UUWF)

  • Prophetic Sisterhood , 2015 – present
  • Development Committee Member, 2006 – 2009

UU Camps & Conferences

  • Star Island – Life on a Star II, Minister of the Week, 2007 & 2014
  • Southeastern UU Summer Institute (SUUSI)

           Bridging Worship Leader, 2009

           Theme Speaker, 2008

           Interim Co-Director, Senior High Camp, Rowe Camp, 1999

Harvard Divinity School UU Ministry for Students

  • Chairperson, 2002
  • Outreach Coordinator, 2001

Continental UU Young Adult Network (C*UUYAN)

  • Steering Committee Member, 2000 – 2001
  • C*UUYAN/ YA&CM Long Range Plan Facilitator, 2001
  • General Assembly Young Adult Caucus:

            Moderator, 2000 – 2001

            Vice-Moderator, 1999 – 2000

            Outreach Coordinator, 1999

  • ConCentric: Young Adult Business, Networking & Leadership Conference

            Business Manager, 2002

            Co-Chair, 1999 – 2000

            Core Staff at first ConCentric, 1999

Bryn Mawr and Haverford Campus Ministry

  • Facilitator, 1994 – 1996

 

WORKSHOPS

Led numerous workshops and served on panels at General Assembly, District Assemblies, leadership development gatherings, and conferences. These have included: Meeting the Needs of Religious Pluralism and Interfaith Families, Traditional and Innovative Worship, Immigration Rights Organizing, Stewardship, Anti-Racism and Diversity, Identity Caucusing, Youth Ministry, Campus Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, Third Wave Feminism, DISC Behavioral Styles, Articulating Our Faith, Spirituality and Addiction, and Reproductive Choice.