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Find a Guest to Speak to Your Congregation

The Guest in Your Pulpit Program is a listing of available ministers, seminarians, ministerial candidates and lay pulpit guests for congregations in the Ohio-Meadville and St. Lawrence Districts. This program was created to assist churches to find people who are willing to provide services. We are currently looking at expanding this program to the rest of the region.

Ministerial guests have experience in the congregations they have served. Seminary students and candidates have provided the district with at least two references. Ministerial guests, seminarians and ministerial candidates should be paid according to the UUMA guidelines. These guidelines are:

  • For Sermons, Sunday Morning Service: $250 (one service), $300 (two services), $350 (three services)—plus current IRS professional mileage rates
  • Weddings: $400, with rehearsal $450; alternatively 10% of the total wedding budget—plus current IRS professional mileage rates
  • Funerals, Memorial Services or other Rites of Passage: $250, with committal or eulogy $300—plus current IRS professional mileage rates
  • Other Program Services, such as workshop or theme talk: $250 for half day or $400 full day—plus current IRS professional mileage rates

Commissioned Lay Ministers (CLMs) use the following scale of fees when providing services outside of the congregational contract (for details on payment requirements for activities in the CLM's home congregation see the CLM page):

  • Sermons, Worship Services for congregations other than the CLM's home congregation $175 (one service), $225 (two services) plus current IRS mileage allowance. In the case of pulpit exchanges, the CLM's home congregation is responsible to make sure that any compensation (including mileage) is clearly negotiated ahead of time.
  • Weddings: (in alignment with UUMA guideline): $400; with rehearsal $450; alternatively, 10% of total wedding budget plus current IRS mileage allowance.
  • Funerals, Memorial Services or other Rites of Passage: $250; with committal or eulogy $300 plus current IRS mileage allowance.

Lay participants voluntarily put their name on the list and congregations can request that they come to present a service at their church. Currently there is no application process or review of the presenters, although we do ask for references. Lay presenters have set their own fees that range from an exchange service, or expenses, to a flat fee. Do note that those who provide an entire service should receive a higher payment than those who only do a sermon.

It is up to each congregation to negotiate with the presenters appropriate renumeration.

If you are interested in speakers on Social Justice Issues also check out the UU Justice Ohio Speaker List which can be found on their website, other advocacy groups may also have speakers.

To join the Guest In Your Pulpit program, complete this online form.

Each speaker has provided us with a short bio and listing of the types of services they provide, and how far from their home they are willing to travel. Please contact potential speakers directly.

Current Speakers

Ministerial Presenters CLMs & Seminarians  Lay Presenters
Rev. TK Barger (OH) Christie Anderson, CLL (OH) Arthur R. Aldrich (NY)
Rev. Peggy Clason (OH) Deb Chaney, CLL (OH) John D. Allton (OH)
Rev. Julia Corbett-Hemeyer (OH) Kimberley Debus, Seminarian (NY) Tom Beck (OH)
Rev. Paul D. Daniel (NJ) Rachael Hayes, Seminarian (NY) Tara Bedeau (NY)
Rev. Dr. Edwards Frost (NJ) Charlotte Lehmann, Seminarian (NY) Mark Bernstein (PA)
Rev. Jeffrey B. Gamblee (OH) Megan Mathieson, Seminarian (PA) Ron Boyd (OH)
Rev. Richard Gilbert (NY) Bethany Russell-Lowe, Seminarian (NY) Dave Chapman (NJ)
Rev. Dave Hunter (PA)   Steve Cook (OH)
Rev. Anthony Johnson (NJ)   Ilene Corina (NY)
Rev. LoraKim Joyner (NY)   Paul Cox (OH)
Rev. Joan Kahn-Schneider (OH)   Damaris Davis (OH)
Rev. Theresa Kime (NY)   Glenn Davis (OH)
Rev. Darcey Laine (NY)   Melanie Davis (NJ)
Dennis Maher (NY)   Galen DeVriendt (OH)
Rev. Carlos R. Martinez (NY)   Diane Diachishin (NY)
Rev. Peggy Meeker (NY)   Dr. Dubious and the Agnostics (NJ)
Rev. Rosemarie Newberry (NJ)   Andy Fraenkel (WV)
Rev. Keith A. Rasey (OH)   John Freund (NY)
Rev. Craig Schwalenberg (NY)   Cal Frye (OH)
Rev. Art Severance (NY/OH)   John R. Gardner (OH)
Rev. Kelly Spahr (NY)   Joe Gonzalez, Jr (CT)
Rev. Amy Strano (NY)   Sam Gugino (PA)
Rev. Dr. Heidi Swarts (NJ)   Mike Harris (MD)
Rev. Rod Thompson (OH)   Frank Holstein (NJ)
Rev. Catherine Torpey (NY)   Peggy Lagodny (OH)
Rev. Kim D. Wilson (PA)   Lisa Maxey (OH)
Rev. Renee Waun (PA)   Bob Mulkins (OH)
Rev. Dave Weissbard (NY)   Raj Nigam (NJ)
Rev. Robin Zucker (PA)   Herb Ouida (NJ)
    Robin Reichert (PA/NY)
    David Rolfe (NY)
    Robert Whealey (OH)
    Dean Williams (OH)

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