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Welcome to the Southern Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA). The Florida, Mid-South, Southeast, and Southwest districts of the UUA have united as the UUA's Southern Region. We have consolidated our staff and efforts to equip our congregations with the effective leadership and training they need to build and nurture strong, dynamic congregations for the 21st century throughout the South. 


The Southern Region’s Primary Contact program was designed to give every congregation a personal "go-to" contact when it needs one.  This program will also provide you a means of establishing an ongoing relationship with one of the Region’s Congregational Life staff members. Your Minister or President is invited to contact your Primary Contact with any celebrations, questions or concerns.

Of course, the entire Region staff is ready to respond when needed, but our hope is that you and your Primary Contact will build knowledge of one another, and that your ministry as a Unitarian Universalist congregation will be supported in new and valuable ways as we together move our dynamic faith forward.  

Regional Lead

  • Rev. Kenn Hurto
    khurto [at] uua [dot] org

Congregational Life Consultants

  • Rev. Carlton Smith: Cluster Development & Beyond Congregations
    csmith [at] uua [dot] org (csmith @
  • Connie Goodbread: Conflict & Leadership Development
    cgoodbread [at] uua [dot] org (cgoodbread @
  • Kathy McGowan: Cluster & Leadership Development
    kmcgowan [at] uua [dot] org (kmcgowan @ 
  • Rev. Kenn Hurto: Regional Lead, Transitions, Administration & Large Congregations
    khurto [at] uua [dot] org (khurto @
  • Maggie Lovins: Cluster Development & Faith Development
    mlovins [at] uua [dot] org (mlovins @
  • Natalie Briscoe: Faith Development & Emerging Congregations
    nbriscoe [at] uua [dot] org (nbriscoe @
  • Rev. Susan Smith: Stewardship & Resource Curation
    ssmith [at] uua [dot] org (ssmith @

Regional Administrators

  • Jessica Curren, Congregational Connections  jcurren [at] uua [dot] org
  • Kathy Charles, Event Planning kcharles [at] uua [dot] org
  • Christine Purcell, Information Technology Specialist cpurcell [at] uua [dot] org

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