The Rev. Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone was ordained to the UU ministry in 2019. Most recently, she served the UU Congregation of the Catskills and is currently a Community Minister in Ulster County, NY and faculty at Vassar College. Rev Leonisa holds a doctorate in International Educational Development with a specialization in Peace Education as well as an MDiv (interreligious engagement) and an EdM (science education). She has spent the last 25 years working to address peace, justice, anti-oppression, youth agency, and climate change in various settings. Rev Leonisa’s background as a scientist, Buddhist, and musician inform her ministry.
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Rev Leonisa is quite adept at online and multi-platform services and is willing to be a virtual guest in your pulpit!
- Down, But Not Out - Sometimes when things get too rough our despair overtakes us. But, what can we learn from our “rock bottom” and how can we find a way through?
- Fail Better - "Failure" is a regular part of life, but how we define failure and what we do with our "failed attempts" is where real transformation occurs.
- Blessings of the Earth - How do we remember and honor all that Earth gives us.
- Say Yes! - Risk taking and our calling
- The Physics of God
- Jazz and the Spirit - The improvisational nature of jazz can teach us how to let go and dig in.
- Peace Education and Unitarian Universalism
- The Pain of the World
- A topic of your choice!
- Additional Offerings: Leonisa can offer music services, jazz vespers or a Sunday jazz service with a quartet, trio or duo (for additional payment). Please inquire!
Availability: Year Round and preferably within 100 miles of Tillson, NY.
Fee arrangements: According to UUMA guidelines.
Contact: Email Leonisa Ardizzone at firstname.lastname@example.org