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Meet our featured speakers


Rev. Carol Thomas Cissel is the Minister of Social Justice & Congregational Development at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, in Arlington VA. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion and a Master of Science in Nonprofit & Association Management from the University of Maryland, University College. Before joining the UUCA congregation, she served UU congregations (as a Settled and Interim Minister, and in other roles) in Pennsylvania, Maryland, California, Washington State, Oklahoma, and New Jersey.


Rev. CTC is currently matriculating at Drew University Theological School and will complete her Doctor of Ministry in Public Theology in May 2022.


She is passionate about Interfaith Activism, Seeking Justice, Crafting Exuberant Worship, Prophetic Preaching, Travel, and Small-Batch bourbon. A fan of thrillers and contemporary poetry, she also loves day hikes and live music in small venues (blues, folk, classic rock and a bit of country). Rev. CTC finds JOY in collecting the masterworks of Native American and First Nations Peoples artists, rooting for the Washington Nationals, parenting 2 amazing adult children and stealing kisses from her delicious grandsons as often as she can.

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Rev. Carol Thomas Cissel Minister of the Week

“I believe we are ultimately responsible for our planet and each other. Together we must seek JUSTICE for the marginalized; protect, conserve and sustain the Earth — and BUILD the Beloved Community.” Rev. CTC

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Paula Gribble
Theme Speaker

Paula Gribble is thrilled to be joining the UUMAC staff as theme speaker. She currently serves as the Director of Lifespan Faith Engagement at the UU Church in Cherry Hill (Cherry Hill, NJ). Paula is also co-President of the Joseph Priestley Liberal Religious Educators Association (JPLREDA) Chapter, and a UUA Renaissance Module Facilitator. Paula has worked as a UU religious professional for the past 20 years, having served as Religious Educator, Membership Professional, and Music Director.  She is a transplant from the deep South, a former professional actress, and a singer. Paula currently lives in Medford, NJ with her family.

Go lifted up,

Love bless your way,

moonlight, starlight

guide your journey

into peace

and the brightness of day.

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