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Meet Our Next Minister, Rev. Margalie Belizaire!

Rev. Margalie is currently the Assistant Minister at First Unitarian Church in Rochester, New York – a congregation of 700 people. She also served as a ministerial intern at the Unitarian Church in Westport  Connecticut, worked part-time as a chaplain at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, and was a Learning Fellow with the Church of
the Larger Fellowship. Rev. Margalie earned her Masters of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 2020.

Before turning to ministry, Rev. Margalie earned an MS in  administration following her BA in Psychology. She has a vast amount of experience in nonprofit management and administration. She was a Social Services Administrator who worked with people with various marginalized identities, including those with developmental disabilities, domestic violence victims, and children placed in foster care. She also worked as volunteer with the Immigration Community Support network in New Haven Connecticut, and the New Haven/ Leon Sister City Project. Rev. Margalie spent three years in Zambia, Africa as a volunteer Project Developer for Habitat for Humanity International.

Rev. Margalie enjoys planning, leading and co-leading engaging and creative worship services and she is excited about nurturing and growing lay leadership. She has an open and warm smile and a broad and friendly laugh. She notes: “I have three solid values that have, together, served as a compass for me during most of my life and I hope will be at the center of my ministry. They are – connection, authenticity and risk-taking”

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Shown left, your Ministerial Search Committee is composed of Co-chairs Gregg Buckingham and Sandy Pollock with members Craig Alig, Rose Beiler, Marty Haynie, Elizabeth Horn and Allison McMillen.

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