The Rev. Bruce Southworth, Senior Minister
Esther Rosado, Director of Lifespan Religious Education
Rev. Dr. Anthony Johnson, Affiliated Minister
Gerald A. Brown, Director of Music
Robert Martin, Business Administrator
Valerie Lynch, Membership Coordinator email
Robin Strong, Guest House Off Park Operator and Facilities Scheduler email
The Reverend Bruce Southworth
Rev. Bruce Southworth closing the weekly service (2 MB video)
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Bruce Southworth has served The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist since 1979 and became Senior Minister in 1982 following the retirement of The Reverend Dr. Donald Szantho Harrington. He is an honors graduate of Harvard College (A. B. 1973) and Union Theological Seminary (M. Div. 1976) where he received the Traveling Fellowship awarded by the faculty.
For his preaching, he has twice received the Clarence R. Skinner Award given annually by the Unitarian Universalist Association for the sermon best expressing the social ideals of Universalism. Encouragement of personal spiritual growth and prophetic witness mark his lively preaching. Sunday worship services are broadcast on WWRL (1600 AM) every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and in Manhattan on cable television at 8:30 p.m. each Sunday.
He is active with a variety of interfaith and social justice organizations. These have included the Interfaith Coalition for Neighborhood-Police Partnerships (originally the Interfaith Coalition Against Police Brutality) for which he was a founding member and Co-Chair; the Forum of Concerned Religious Leaders, the NYC Workers’ Rights Board, Pride in the Pulpit, Vice President of PEARL (National Committee on Public Education and Religious Liberty) and membership on the Executive Committee of the Religious Action Network of the American Committee on Africa. In 1994, he served as an election observer in Soweto, South Africa. In addition, he has served as President of the Manhattan Borough of the Council of Churches in the City of New York and the citywide Executive Committee of the Council. As a denominational leader, he has served in a variety of elected and appointed positions nationally with the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Rev. Southworth is the author of This Day: Worship Resources For The Liberal Church and of At Home In Creativity: The Theology Of Henry Nelson Wieman. His sermons, book reviews and essays have appeared in a variety of journals and publications including "The New York Times Book Review" and "The Christian Century" magazine.
Bruce Southworth has been married since 1974 and is the father of a son and a daughter. He is a life-long Unitarian Universalist and grew up in the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. He came to The Community Church of New York after serving as Minister of the Roanoke Valley Unitarian Church in Roanoke, Virginia. email
Director of Lifespan Religious Education
Esther Rosado has served UU congregations in Massachusetts, most recently as Director of Religious Education in Medford, MA. She is an active Unitarian Universalist leader working on the local, district and continental levels. email
Reverend Doctor Anthony Johnson
From 1996 until 2005, Rev. "Tony" Johnson was minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex County in Orange, New Jersey, a multiracial congregation drawing members from throughout Essex and Hudson Counties. He has also served in parish and community (non-parish) ministries in New York City, New Jersey and metropolitan Los Angeles and is known for his willingness to get out into the streets and know the community in which he is working. One result of this outreach was the institution of an after-school arts program for children in the low-income neighborhood surrounding the Essex County church’s meetinghouse in the city of Orange. Click here to visit Tony's personal website. email
Gerald A. Brown
Director of Music
Gerald A. Brown is currently the Director of Music for the Community Church of New York, a position he has held since 1990. He was Music Director for the Elementary Education Programs at the New York City Opera for thirty-six years. In addition, he served as Organist and Choir Director for the Metropolitan Synagogue in New York City for twenty-five years. He was assistant conductor at the Central City Colorado Opera Festival for five seasons. With the New York Philharmonic he served as a rehearsal pianist under Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Rafael Kubelik, Erich Leinsdorf and Zubin Mehta. He holds a Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance from the University of Michigan where he was a student of Marilyn Mason. Upon graduating from the teacher training program at the Mathews School of the Alexander Technique he was certified as a teacher by the American Society of the Alexander Technique. email
Community Church of NY UU Board of Trustees
Lisa Gluck, Chair
Shaun Randol, Vice Chair
George Garland, Treasurer
Ruth Miller, Council Chair
Stephen Jones, Clerk
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