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Our Mission at The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist is to grow as a caring, justice-making, anti-racist, diverse, spiritual community.

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Rev. Carlos R. Martinez
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As a Unitarian Universalist congregation, we encourage one another "to grow our souls" -- to pursue our personal religious and spiritual journeys in a warm, caring and supportive community and to make a better world for all. Explore our site to find out how you can "grow your soul" at Community.

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“We, the members of The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist, embrace the transforming vision of the "Beloved Community" — a just world in which all persons can share equitably in the wealth of the world, and freely develop their gifts and potential...read our vision

Key People - 2017

The Rev. Bruce Southworth, Senior Minister
Esther Rosado, Director of Lifespan Religious Education
Gerald A. Brown, Director of Music

Jeffrey Loveland, Church Administrator email
Valerie Lynch, Membership Coordinator and Acting Facility Scheduler email    
Julio Torres, Student Minister and Summer Minister email


The Reverend Bruce Southworth
Senior Minister
Rev. Bruce Southworth closing the weekly service

bs-podiumlookout2Bruce 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.  Beginning in February, 2014, his sermons will be broadcast on  Time Warner cable TV channel 1997  (MNN3) on Sundays at 8:30 pm - Streaming information link (Unfortunately, because of recent format changes, WWRL 1600 AM no longer carries Community Church broadcasts. Alternatives are being explored..)

Rev. Southworth is active with a variety of interfaith and social justice organizations, including Standing of the Side of Love, the New Sanctuary Movement, Labor- Religion Coalition, and Pride in the Pulpit.  Other affiliations 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;  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. 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.

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Esther Rosado
Director of Lifespan Religious Education

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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






Gerald A. Brown
Director of Music

Jerry Brown webGerald 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. He currently is on the faculty of the Land of Enchantment Opera Institute as a coach and Alexander Teacher.. email



Community Church of NY UU Board of Trustees

Board Chairperson - Lisa Gluck - lgluckster@gmail.com
Board Vice Chairperson - George Garland - gagarland@gmail.com

Other Board Members:

Sophia Whitney, Council Chair - council@ccny.org
George Ducket, Treasurer - gjduckett@earthlink.net
Theresa Bowman
Sandy Brooks
Wade Hampton
Sam Kerns
Heidi Siegfried
Marjorie Vai

Ex Officio:
Rev. Bruce Southworth, Senior Minister
Esther Rosado, Director of Lifespan Religious Education
Jeff Loveland, Church Administrator




Last Published: June 13, 2017 11:23 PM