Reverend Tom brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience, not only in pastoring a church, but also reaching beyond the walls of the church to provide spiritual sustenance to those in the community who might define themselves as spiritual, but not religious. He brings the message that there is a religion that people can be part of where they can find the spiritual belief that speaks to their heart of hearts.
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The Rev. Myriam Renaud became our community minister in May 2013. Raised Unitarian Universalist, she was ordained as a UU minister in 2005. Her ministry to the community takes the form of academic scholarship. She is currently an advanced doctoral student in theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Her dissertation focuses on the concept of God, taking a UU-friendly approach grounded in philosophy and ethics.
Rev. Renaud is a frequent contributor of theology columns to the UU World, regularly presents papers at UU and other conferences, has taught liberal theology for the CLF and as a Lecturer at Meadville Lombard Theological School, and serves as the Managing Editor of Sightings, a twice-weekly, online publication sponsored by the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion. She also blogs at TheNakedTheologian.com. Since GA 2013, she is a member of the UUA’s Commission on Appraisal.
Rev. Renaud holds a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School. A software engineer in her first career, she earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry and a graduate degree in computer science from the University of Missouri at Rolla. She lives in Chicago with her fifteen-year old daughter, Sidney, and her husband, Paul, a musician and fiction-writer.
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Director of Religious Education
Computer consultant, artist, educator and father of two, he is a modern-day Renaissance man whose many talents inform both his leadership and his cooperative work. His personal attention and genuine interactions build trust with our youth and attract a wide range of interested volunteers. Youth are the future of our church and our world. Steve, along with his staff, touches that future with insight and vision.
Bonnie has taught private piano lessons for more than 20 years, and is a Past President of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association West Suburban chapter. She enjoys collaborating with instrumentalists and vocalists from the congregation to provide special music for services. Anyone interested in participating in the music programs is encouraged to get involved!
Vickie received a Bachelor of Music degree with emphasis on Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois. She has sung and soloed in many professional choirs, and performed leading roles in musicals in professional and local theaters. She engages in continuing education in voice, theater, and music through classes and conferences. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the American Choral Directors Association. Vickie has a part-time position at Northwestern University as a recruiter for HARP—an NIH-funded hearing research project. Vickie lives in Skokie with her wonderful husband, Jon Siegel, and their endlessly entertaining cats.
Sheri holds an Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies from Central Pennsylvania Business School. Her previous experience includes six years working for an attorney and several years as an at-home mother.