Family Ministry Staff
Director of Family Ministry, Merrin Clough
Merrin has grown into the woman she is, thanks in part, to her life-long journey as a Unitarian Universalist. Raised in Florida, she is trained as an educator and has taught grades 1, 2, and 5. In addition to her teaching experience, Merrin brings with her insights from the four different UU churches in which she has worked. Her career has taken her from Florida to North Carolina, West Virginia, New Jersey, Virginia, and now California. She and her husband, Jared Bunde, both enjoy hiking through the lush terrain of Northern California. If not hiking, she may be creating some new sewing project or flexing her artistic skills, to help maintain her inner balance. Merrin has a passion for the work she does here at the church and hopes to be here for years to come.
Merrin will be on maternity leave from July 9 through November 12. She’ll return to work part time for a month, then resume a full time schedule December 10, 2017.
Family Ministry Assistant, Amanda Weatherspoon
Amanda Weatherspoon is a graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley CA with a concentration in Africana Studies and Womanist Theology. Much of her ministerial formation is centered around collective liberation and how, as a woman of faith, her ministry is woven into this complex puzzle. Amanda hopes to pursue Human Rights work both domestically and internationally and is currently in Candidate status with the Unitarian Universalist Association, with Fellowship around the corner. Artistic and creative expression is a crucial aspect to her spirituality. She can often be found in the basement studio of her shared household painting, writing, or making music. Amanda is proud to be a Unitarian Universalist and excited about what this faith can offer to the world, the community, and to one another.
Amanda will be transitioning from her role as part-time Family Ministry Assistant to full-time Intern Minister beginning in August. Zackrie Vinczen will be our new Family Ministry Assistant, with extra hours while Merrin is on leave.
Coming of Age Teacher, Molly Johnson
Molly Johnson is a life-long Unitarian Universalist and has been a leader in UU youth and young adult ministry since 2000, most recently as the Youth and Young Adult Coordinator at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco. She received her Bachelors of Music degree in Music Education from the Hartt School of Music and has five years of experience teaching music in schools and her private studio. Currently, Molly is a Master of Divinity student at Pacific School of Religion and enrolled in the Chaplaincy Institute’s Interfaith Studies certificate program. She volunteers as a peer counselor every week at the GLBT National Hotline. Her other interests include meditation, reading, partner dancing, compassionate communication, theatrical combat, making art, and healthy living.