About Our Minister
Rev. Jeanne came to us from the Mattatuck UU Society in Woodbury, CT, where she was minister since 2008. She is a graduate of the Unitarian Universalist seminary of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and was ordained by the Universalist Church of West Hartford and UU Society East in Manchester, CT. Many of you will remember Jeanne, as she served SUUS as our sabbatical minister in 2013. Jeanne has many roots in the Guilford/Madison area, and is the daughter-in-law of long-time SUUS member, Fran Hard.
Jeanne has many strengths and talents, including her deep commitment to spiritual growth, leadership development, social justice, compassionate pastoral care and service to interfaith and UU associations. You can also look up her personal website, https://www.revlloyd.org
Nathan previously served as Director of Religious Education for All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in New London, CT. He joined the SUUS staff in January, 2014 as Acting DRE and is now the DLRE at SUUS. Nathan has been Youth Advisor at SUUS over the past year and has shared his musical talents during many of our services. A graduate of Oberlin College and Yale School of Music, Nathan is a composer and professional horn player. He is a member of Quadre, a french horn quartet that tours the country. He has written numerous works for orchestra including a symphony, a clarinet concerto, a song cycle, and a children’s program for narrator and orchestra, as well as chamber music for woodwind quintet. A born UU, Nathan was raised in our sister church, the Unitarian Society of New Haven (USNH) and comes from a family of religious professionals, a mother who is a UU Music Director and a brother a UU minister. His wife Karen is a member of SUUS and his two sons are enrolled in our Religious Education program.
“Vital religion lives in the totality of experiences–not merely in words said, or in ceremonies performed, or in ideas affirmed” –Sophie Lyon Fahs
Martha is our part-time Congregational Administrator who keeps SUUS’s office organized and flowing smoothly with grace and style. In her “other life,” Martha runs a nonprofit concerned with providing health and education initiatives to African children in need. She is the proud mother of three beautiful and successful children – Melissa (24), Hailee (20) and Benjamin (14). Martha enjoys biking, sailing, travel and is an avid photographer.
Nick is a Haddam, CT native who earned his Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Connecticut studying piano with Irma Vallecillo as well as his Bachelor of Science in mathematics. He then went on to graduate school in mathematics at Indiana University for four years, taking graduate coursework at the Jacobs School of Music while there. His favorite works of music are piano pieces from the late Romantic period in the French and Russian styles. The more obscure the piece, the better! Nick often serves as the Music Director in various community theater musical productions. Recent credits include Into the Woods (GetUp Stage Company), Thoroughly Modern Millie (White Rabbit Theater), and Chicago (GetUp Stage Company). Outside of music, Nick will always continue to be amazed by abstract mathematics, in particular number theory, but he is also cultivating interests in data engineering and analytics.
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The Reverend Bob Swain
Our Minister Emeritus, the Rev. Robert Swain, served UU churches for nearly three decades – in the Pacific Northwest (Bellingham and Eugene), Westport, and Knoxville, TN – before coming to SUUS, part-time, in 1992. That was his “first retirement.” (Most of the week he ran a small computer graphics business in Monroe, where he and Wendy lived then.) In Madison, Bob was thus principally a preacher, with just one day a week in the office plus occasional weddings and memorial services.
After graduating from Tufts University, Bob started his ministerial career representing the UUA in Japan. An avowed Buddhist Unitarian throughout his career, he was principally known as a social activist and a specialist in world religions, although for a few years in Knoxville he became a local TV celebrity, too, interviewing religious figures for the Council of Christians and Jews. In the 1970s, Bob was a UUA trustee as well, representing the Pacific Northwest District.