MINISTRY

  • Reverend Mitra Rahnema

    Minister

    Our Minister, Reverend Mitra Rahnema, is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist who grew up in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, California. She attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, with an emphasis on biblical interpretation. She remained in Portland for ten years where she … Continued

  • Reverend James Ford

    Community Minister

    Our community minister Reverend James Ishmael Ford has been a UU minister for a quarter of a century, serving churches in Arizona, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. He is minister emeritus of the First Unitarian Church of Providence. Reverend James is also an ordained Soto Zen Buddhist priest and resident teacher for the Blue Cliff … Continued

MEMBERSHIP

  • Diane Julian

    Membership Coordinator

    To quote Edith Hunter, “Perhaps we should realize that our need is not to find something to believe-but rather to discover that our lives indicate what we believe right now. This IS the place to start.” As Membership Coordinator for the past 10 years, Diane Julian has been privileged to spend time with and welcome … Continued

PROGRAMS

  • Kendra Fredrickson-Laouini

    Director of Lifespan Religious Education

    Kendra Fredrickson-Laouini is a twenty-year church leadership veteran serving in religious education, and youth and children’s ministries in Missouri and California; and is currently seeking a PhD in Practical Theology and Inter-religious Education at Claremont School of Theology. Before moving to California in 2011, Kendra lived most of her life in north, south and central … Continued

  • Naomi Yoshida

    Religious Education Assistant

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  • Amara Phelps

    Caregiver for Infants & Toddlers
  • Cris Law

    Assistant Director of Music - Acting Director of Music

    Cris Law is serving as Acting Director of Music. Cris works extensively as a performer, voice teacher, recording artist, concert producer and choral director throughout Southern California. Cris is the Artistic Director of the Long Beach Community Chamber Singers and Music director of the Santiago Canyon College Theatre Department. He is a graduate of CSUF, USC, and … Continued

  • In Memory – Allen Ronk LaFoe

    Director of Music

    Our Director of Music, Allen Ronk LaFoe, passed away on August 2, 2017. He had joined our staff just one year ago. A Long Beach musician and event coordinator, Allen Ronk LaFoe played piano, organ, harpsichord, percussion, flutes, harmonium and crumhorn. His musical tastes were extensive, but he had special interest in Middle Eastern, Colonial … Continued

ADMINISTRATION

  • Kathy Weibelt

    Church Administrator

    Kathy Weibelt is our Church Administrator. Her primary duties are to manage the church office and facilities, promote communication and support the business affairs of the church. She collaborates with the Building Usage and Office Committee (BU&O) and the Administrative Council. Kathy started with us October 6, 2013. She brings with her a wealth of … Continued

  • Kym Cashen

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