Our Minister and Staff
Rev. Jo VonRue
Rev. Jennifer “Jo” VonRue is the settled minister of May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society. She was ordained at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton NY and has served our UU congregations in Cortland, NY as well as Concord, MA. Before ministry
From Rev Jo,
I was born and raised in Ohio and will always be a “Buckeye.” Over the years I have lived in a variety of states from Florida to Washington and several in between before arriving in Pennsylvania with my husband Isaac. Before I answered the call to ministry I worked in a plethora of different fields and jobs from Education to Horse Training.
It was through my husband, Isaac, that I found Unitarian Universalism. When we were dating he brought me to his tiny UU church in DeLand Florida, and I knew then that I had come home. My faith as a UU is at the core of my being as a human, always striving to live our Seven Principles out loud in a way that fosters justice equity and compassion.
Outside of ministry I have a lot of great passions! I am a proud mom of two dogs Derby and Eleanor and a snake, Teddy. I am a competitive equestrian riding in both Hunters and Dressage. I play both the French Horn and Ukulele. I have recently taken up quilting as a spiritual practice and have enjoyed making stoles for my friends/colleagues special occasions!
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. 11 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.