Our Minister and Staff
Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay, Minister
Raised Unitarian Universalist in Newton MA. in a family with both Jewish and Catholic roots, Liz earned a Masters of Divinity and an advanced Masters in Theology from Harvard Divinity School. Her academic interests are ancient Greek religion and culture, Hellenistic Judaism and early Christianity, as well as the history of women in western religion.
Liz has served UU congregations in Lexington, MA, Mt. Kisco, NY, and Silver Spring, MD. For years she served on the board of UUs for Jewish Awareness. She also served on the Continuing Education (CENTER) committee of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA), helping to plan the
UUMA’s ground-breaking first Institute for Excellence in Ministry, and co-chairing the second Institute.
Since 9/11/2001 Liz has built a strong interfaith relationship with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. She is committed to building a multiracial, multicultural community within our congregations. Parish ministry remains her passion and calling as she begins her ministry at First Unitarian.
Liz lives in Lincoln with her husband Tim Maclay and two very friendly flat-coated retrievers, Quin and Joey. Liz and Tim have two children; Rachel (22) lives in Pennsylvania and Alex (24) lives near Baltimore.
Rev. Eugene Dyszlewski, Community Minister
Rev. Gwendolyn Howard, Community Minister
Cathy Seggel, Director of Religious Education
Cathy has served as the religious educator at First Unitarian for 25 years. A graduate of the University of Connecticut with a BS in Nursing, she earned her Master of Theology degree from Harvard Divinity School. She is immediate past president of the Liberal Religious Educators Association, the professional group for UU religious educators. Cathy lives in Providence with her husband Norm. They have three children and four grandchildren.
Frederick Jodry, Music Director
Jennifer Nardone, Membership Coordinator
Marcia Taylor, Youth Music Director
Posey Smith Kooris, Congregational Administrator
Walter O. Sotelo, Administrative Assistant
Jaime Durango, Building Manager
Pedro Vasquez, Evening Security and Sunday Building Manager
OPEN POSITION: The First Unitarian Church of Providence seeks a Church Manager responsible for facility operations, administrative functions and affairs of the church working with church staff, leadership, and members to achieve the Church’s mission. This position manages office procedures, campus facilities and equipment, church schedule, building use, purchasing, church publications, preparation of budgets, payroll, accounts receivable, and overseeing bookkeeping services. The Manager supervises two full-time staff, several part-time staff, and reports directly to the minister and governing board of the church. This is a full-time position with benefits. For the full job description click here.