The Reverend Alison B. Miller has served as the Senior Minister of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship since the fall of 2005. She received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College in 1996 and her Masters of Divinity from Harvard in 2003. Two spiritual themes that recur in her ministry are the power of stories to shape our lives, and the meaning of healing from a liberal religious perspective.
Alison is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist who was raised in an interfaith Jewish-Christian family in New York City. Her parents chose Unitarian Universalism as their spiritual home because it is a place where they could worship together while holding different beliefs.
Our congregation has experienced growth of all sorts under Alison’s leadership. She is passionate about spreading the good news of our faith and believes that “many people are thirsting for a religion that is spiritually alive, grounded in love and justice, and open to the wisdom of the world religions, the sciences, and human experience.”
Alison enjoys leading diverse forms of worship. She has experience with innovative and traditional worship, large gatherings and more intimate settings. She leads three of our Sunday Services a month and also co-leads a monthly Mid-week Renewal Service with her husband. This summer, Alison has the distinct honor of leading the largest Sunday Service in our denomination at our annual national gathering, UUA General Assembly 2015.
Alison is very engaged in interfaith organizing, community service and justice efforts, and anti-racism and diversity work. She is the current President of the UU Legislative Ministry of NJ’s Public Policy Network and a member of the first Board of Trustees for the newly merged United Way of Northern NJ, a community impact organization focused on Income, Education, and Healthcare. Alison is also a former chair of the Morris Area Clergy Council and has been a leader in interfaith coalitions to advocate for immigrant rights, marriage equality, and anti-gun violence legislation. She was Chair of the founding Board of “Pathways to Work,” a Worker’s Center started to address the economic justice needs of recent immigrants and citizens alike.
In addition, she serves as Chair of the UU Church of the Larger Fellowship, a global online spiritual community. Alison is also known for her dedicated work on behalf of youth, campus and young adult ministries. Highlights of this include serving as the spokesperson and core staff member of a UUA Capital Campaign to fund Youth, Campus and Young Adult Ministries; the liaison to the UU Minister’s Association for the Youth Ministry Working Group; a workshop leader for ministries targeting these ages ranges, and her leadership in tending youth and young adult ministries at All Souls (NYC) and also at four different colleges.
Alison lives with her husband, David Snedden, who is a middle school science teacher and also a lifelong Unitarian Universalist raised at All Souls (Tulsa). Our congregation often benefits from his warm and welcoming presence on Sunday mornings and from his artistic gifts. They have a three-year-old son, Asher, as well as a menagerie of pets.
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