Guest In Your Pulpit - Rev. Leonisa Ardizzone

Guest in Your Pulpit

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.

Sample Programs/Sermons

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: Virtually or in person preferably within 100 miles of Tillson, NY.

Fee arrangements: According to UUMA guidelines.

Contact: Email Leonisa Ardizzone at