I am so happy that you are considering becoming part of our church. Reading our website is a tiny first step, a toe in the water, so to speak, but as long as you are already here, please allow me to welcome you into our community. Community is central to who we are. A church is not built of walls and a roof, of hymnals and chairs, or of a website and newsletters. A church is the people who come together because they know in their hearts that being together matters. You will feel this when you take the plunge and walk through our doors. As we gather for a Sunday morning service, the room is far from quiet. We catch up with one another, greet each other with warm smiles and a touch on the arm, and it is not easy to hear the gathering music over the general din. Chimes call us into the space, into our seats, and into the moment at which our sense of togetherness extends into the service.

Minister Bio

The Reverend Lori Staubitz has an undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation from SUNY Brockport, New York and obtained her Masters of Divinity at Virginia Union University School of Theology, a traditional African American Theological School in Richmond, Virginia. As an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, Rev. Lori holds dual Fellowship as both a Parish Minister and Minister of Religious Education. Lori has been serving congregations professionally for over 20 years. In addition to her ministerial experience, she has a background in leadership development, social justice work and pastoral counseling.                       

Rev. Staubitz continues professional ministry with monthly preaching engagements  and the Targeted Ministry Program for the Unitarian Universalist Association. Lori also serves as a mentor for developing and new ministers. You may contact our minister at minister@uuutica.org. If you have a more immediate need, please don’t hesitate to call. Phone and address information is listed in our membership directory.


Religious Education Coordinator Bio

Stephanie Markham (she/her) is UU Utica’s Religious Education Coordinator. She is a lifelong UU who has been involved in this congregation’s RE program since 2012. In her life outside of church, Stephanie enjoys her career as a teen services librarian and spends time with her spouse and young child.

Get in touch with Stephanie Markham by emailing ReligiousEd@uuutica.org

Music Coordinator Bio

Bob Ford is a piano teacher and local musician. He teaches at his studio in New Hartford and plays in several local jazz combos. He also plays regularly as an accompanist for musicals at area high schools and colleges.
Bob is a graduate of Bowdoin College and studied music at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.

Office Assistant Bio

Jocelyn Eastman is UU Utica’s Office Assistant. She is from Oneida, NY and lives with her husband Andrew. She graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and in 2007 with a Master’s Degree in Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, playing games and spending time with her husband and family.

Reach Jocelyn Eastman by emailing office@uuutica.org. She currently works on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and occasional Thursdays between 10am-1pm.