Rev. Andrée Mol
Rev. Andrée Mol joined Central Unitarian Church as its Minister in August 2019. Rev. Andrée’s ministry centers around community and spiritual development. They work to nurture community relationships, to widen our circle of belonging, and to bring forth more love and goodness into the world. As a minister, they use words, music, stories and space to create collaborative, transformational experiences.
Rev. Andrée is a religious naturalist who holds interconnection and wholeness as sacred. They identify as a queer and trans individual, drawing on contemplative practices. They believe that nurturing community includes exploring and honoring both our individual and collective theologies – the sources we share in common and those that are radically different.
Rev. Andrée grew up in California and New Jersey and as a college undergraduate, studied film production, then “accidentally” fell into a 20-year career in Human Resources for a global bank where they focused on leadership and organizational development. After living and working in New York City, Rev. Andrée moved to Vermont in 2009, and –drawn by a call to Unitarian Universalist ministry – began seminary at Meadville Lombard Theological School. Rev. Andrée served their Ministerial Internship at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington, Vermont where they currently serve as the Developmental Assistant Minister for Pastoral Care and Membership.
Lynn Sodora is Director of Religious Education (DRE). She brings to CUC 13 years of experience as DRE to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sussex County in Newton. She also has 14 years of experience as an educational assistant for children with special needs in both public and private schools. Lynn holds a B.S. in Economics and Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Prior to entering the field of education, she was a paralegal for more than 10 years and has found the organizational and planning skills she acquired in that field to be quite useful in her vocation as a Unitarian Universalist religious educator. A native of Bergen County, Lynn is an avid reader and book collector and enjoys visiting historical sites and museums. In addition to working with children, she is passionate about social justice issues and caring for the environment.
Matt Anderson has been Director of Music at Central Unitarian Church since 2008. He holds degrees from Temple University (B.M.) and the University of Cincinnati (M.M.). Matt is a professional musician, educator and composer. To hear original music Matt has written for services at Central Unitarian Church visit his YouTube channel at Matt Anderson Original Music. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Robert René Galván
Robert René Galván is a conductor and educator with a long list of credits and associations from all over North America, ranging from small churches to the highest echelons of music. He is equally at home in orchestral, choral, operatic repertoire and musical theater, and is known for his extraordinary professionalism, precise communication and directing skills. In addition to Central Unitarian Church, Maestro Galván is Conductor of the Bronx Concert Singers, Peace of Heart Choir and Manhattan Sinfonia in New York City. He currently serves as Professor of Conducting at the Long Island Conservatory of Music. He was also Music Director of Highbridge Voices Youth Chorus, and Professor of Conducting & Choral Studies at the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music where he trained young conductors and directed the conservatory chorale. He was guest conductor of Florilegium Chamber Choir in Manhattan and Cappella Festiva in upstate New York. For four seasons he was conductor of the Springfield Symphony Chorus in Massachusetts. In Texas, Galván held positions as conductor of the Austin Philharmonic, Associate Conductor of the Austin Choral Union, and as director of both the University Chorus and the Longhorn Singers at the University of Texas. He is married to the playwright Holly Hepp and has a daughter, Gina. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.