Reverend Marcia Stanard
Reverend Marcia Stanard is thrilled to be the settled minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Willamette Falls. Rev. Marcia graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago in 2011, and was ordained that year. She served as minister for Wy’east Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Portland for five years, and as minister for Free Church Unitarian in Blaine, Washington concurrently for over three years. She is a fifth-generation Oregonian.
Rev. Marcia describes her theology as mystic naturalism. She has a great sense of gratitude, awe and wonder, and believes in the Mr. Rodgers theory–if you want to know where God is in something, look for the love. She speaks the language of both theist and humanist, and believes that Unitarian Universalists believe in something greater than ourselves, but that what that something is varies widely, from God to Science to the power of gathered humanity.
Rev. Marcia has taught the Our Whole Lives sexuality education curriculum and Coming of Age and has served as both a youth adviser and a Director of Religious Education. She enjoys rites of passage, and believes in the sacred and holy work of listening deeply.
Rev. Marcia lives in Southeast Portland with her daughters, Mika (who is usually off at Mount Holyoke College), and Marcella, and their cats, Flora and Liam.
Director of Religious Education
Mary Kroener-Ekstrand joined the staff of UUCWF in August, 2016. She is honored to have the opportunity to sustain and expand opportunities for spiritual learning and growth for children and youth in our congregation. Mary is particularly interested in helping people of all ages to understand their own beliefs and to put those beliefs into action in their lives and communities. She also is a passionate supporter of the Our Whole Lives comprehensive sexuality curriculum and hopes to expand our congregation's OWL programming.
Before coming to UUCWF, Mary served as Lifespan Director of Religious Education at First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City. Her work history also includes experience as a middle school Social Studies and English teacher, a service learning coordinator, a university teacher educator and a museum educator. Mary holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin, a 6-12 California Teaching Credential in Social Science and English, as well as an MA in History, a BA in History and Public Policy from Stanford University.
In her leisure time, Mary enjoys reading, taking long walks with her dog, playing games with her family and following political news. She lives with her husband, three teen aged children and a rescued border collie/Australian shepherd named Cookie the Wookie.
Allison King is delighted to be joining UUCWF in September, 2016 as the Music Director. Allison has worked as the Choir or Music Director for three previous UU congregations: West Hills, Washington County and Eastrose. Additionally, she was the Choir Director for GA in 2009. Allison has a master's degree in Vocal Performance from Portland State University, and has sung with the Portland Opera Chorus, Portland Baroque Orchestra chorus and has also been a featured soloist for several orchestras and choruses in California. She also taught voice and choir at Portland Community College.
Allison's mission with congregational music is to bring joy and meaning to those participating, whether as singers or listeners. She believes strongly in the power of music to move hearts, minds and spirits.
In her "spare time", Allison teaches private voice lessons, directs a community chorus in Vancouver, enjoys theatre, concerts, reading and walking in the woods. She lives in Portland with her feline companions, Tika and Sachi.
Additional Support Staff:
Tracy Ross, Pianist
Barb Pitney, Bookkeeper
Daniel Cowan, Sexton
Joanna Bewley, Office Administrator
Rev. Amy Beltaine
Rev. Dr. Emily Brault
Rev. Kate Mcgraw