Our Minister and Staff
Welcome Pastor Sunshine!
Rev. Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe will join us this August as our Interim Minister. Pastor Sunshine come to us from the First Unitarian Church of Alton, IL. Pastor Sunshine brings to gher ministry deep care for those who need pastoral support and a commitment to creating beloved community through healthy communication and resisting oppression. Ghe is originally from Indiana where ghe learned to love the earth, sing, and the importance of family.
Pastor Sunshine has a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. Ghe has served as Interim Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Montgomery, AL, Intern Minister at West Shore UU Church in Cleveland, OH, Chaplain Resident at Indiana University Health Hospitals in Indianapolis, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson, AZ, as their Spiritual Development Director. Pastor Sunshine has committed gher professional life and personal justice work to countering the damaging effects of poverty, classism, and racism.
Director of Religious Education
Stacy Sceiford was hired as our Director of Religious Education in August of 2014. She has been attending May Memorial for 5 years and became a member in 2012. Stacy has a Bachelor of Music degree from Nazareth College of Rochester and taught five years as a vocal general music teacher in the Syracuse City School District. 8 years ago she and her husband welcomed twins into the world, and she left teaching to spend time with them and the addition 2 years later of their little brother as well. It was her desire to find a spiritual home for those children that brought her to May Memorial, and the strong Religious Education programming was a key component to the family settling here.
"My goals for the program are to provide our children and youth with a safe and respectful environment where they feel comfortable asking questions and growing in their faith, to offer a variety of lessons and activities to appeal to different personalities and learning styles, and to foster a greater sense of community in and beyond our church. Coming to May and being a part of RE should be fun!
"Religious Eduction is an opportunity not only for children to learn and explore, but for the adult volunteers who also participate to gain spiritual enrichment through working with young people. I aim to build community not only amongst the youth in RE, but the entire congregation as well as neighboring UU's. Having a vibrant RE program is a sign of a healthy, active, and growing church.
"Through interesting material, activities, and projects that engage young minds and hearts, we look to learn about our Unitarian Universalist principles and put them in action. I hope you will join us!”
Director of Music
Glenn joined our staff in 1992, having “converted” to Unitarian Universalist while director of music for First Universalist Society of Syracuse in the 1980s.
Glenn studied at Syracuse University and the University of Southern California, and privately in London and Cambridge with Dame Gillian Weir. He has worked in many denominations from Anglican and Episcopal parishes to Christian Science churches, and loves the mix of religious outlooks.
Currently Glenn is also university organist for Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. He serves unofficially as assisting organist for St. Paul’s Cathedral in Syracuse.
As a solo recitalist and accompanist, Glenn has performed throughout the United States, in Great Britain, Europe, Hong Kong and China. He's been featured on radio and television, performed many world premieres and recorded on the Raven label.
From left to right, Stacy Scieford, RE Director; Mariah Ducey, President; Leslie Dendy, Bookkeeper; Brian Betz, Office Administrator; and Glenn Kime Music Director!