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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 - 2017-18

Rev. Carlos Martinez, Interim Minister
Rev. Bruce Southworth, Minister Emeritus
Esther Rosado, Director of Lifespan Religious Education
Gerald A. Brown, Director of Music

Jeff Loveland, Church Administrator email
Valerie Lynch, Membership Coordinator and Acting Facility Scheduler email    


Reverend Carlos R. Marinez
Interim Minister

Carlos Martinez webRev. Carlos R. Martinez comes to us from the First Unitarian Church of Rochester (NY) where he served the 804 member congregation as its Interim Assistant Minister.  At Rochester he was responsible for supporting the work of interim ministry at a pivotal moment in that historic congregation’s history.  Rev. Carlos comes to ministry from a career in high-tech software marketing and sales, and possesses a M. Div. from Union Theological Seminary in NYC, a MBA from University of California at Berkeley,  and an A.B. in Government and English from Cornell University.  At First Unitarian among his numerous duties was to oversee and reinvigorate its substantial Social Justice portfolio.

Originally coming to Unitarian Universalism as a teenager, Carlos was first called to ministry through his experiences attending the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles. He draws his ministerial inspiration from the 19th century Transcendentalists, particularly Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the example of the late Rev. Dr. Forrest Church of the Unitarian Church of All Souls (where Carlos had been a member) and his many mentors.  Carlos hopes to create a shared ministry with Community Church and work to realize  its heartfelt desire to fruitfully manage the opportunity for change and transformation during the interim period while honoring its rich and storied history.  Rev. Carlos has a keen interest in working with congregations who desire to become intentionally diverse, to live out their mission in a multi-cultural context, and to foster community engagement through meaningful interfaith relationships.

Furthermore, Rev. Carlos is a fully trained UU Interim Minister, a member of the Interim Ministry Network  and a trained hospital chaplain. He was born in Los Angeles, California and identifies strongly with his Mexican American heritage. His interests include swimming, sailing, motorcycles, Transcendentalism, Zen Buddhism, Judaism, cooking, classic cinema, Broadway musicals, travel, and foreign languages. He looks forward to many interesting conversations! Also, he is the father of three children. His oldest son lives and works in Tokyo, Japan, and his two daughters study at Amherst College and Hampshire College respectively.  

Rev Carlos was co-ordained on May 31, 2015 by the Unitarian Church in Summit (NJ) and the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood where he also served as its Intern Minister from 2013-2015.  email


Reverend Bruce Southworth
Minister Emeritus

The Rev. Bruce Southworth began his 38 years with The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist in 1979. Throughout his devoted service to help build the Beloved Community, “welcoming each to the service of all,” he distinguished himself as spiritual leader, Senior Minister, pastor, preacher, teacher, mentor, author, and social justice activist. In 2017, the congregation voted to designate him as our Minister Emeritus upon his retirement. This honor recognizes our continuing, yet changed, relationship with Rev. Southworth. More



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: August 30, 2017 12:08 PM