Responding to a call that she had first felt as a youth, Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael pursued a Master of Divinity at Meadville Lombard Theological School and entered the ordained Unitarian Universalist ministry in 2007. In 2017 Rev. Anya and her partner in ministry and life, Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael, chose shared ministry with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair. Central to Rev. Anya’s current ministry is the honest confrontation and engagement with conflict necessary to dismantle white supremacy, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia and sexism. When she speaks truth to power, and when she works to empower truth Rev. Anya stresses humility and relationship as avenues to engage the holy and serve the Beloved Community.
Rev. Anya is an avid gardener, cook, and lifelong vegetarian. She practices yoga and meditation and maintains a regular prayer practice. Whenever possible, she seeks the ocean and the soul cleansing that only salt water can provide. She has delivered an invocation for President Barack Obama at a campaign event, built and served as the first Board President of the interfaith association BRIDGES in Loudoun County, VA, has mentored many students in their path to ministry, has served as convener of the presidential search team and co-president of the Board of the Meadville Lombard Theological School, and serves as a good officer, offering conflict mediation through the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association.
Safety Isn’t SafeMarch 12, 2023
Nurturing LoveFebruary 26, 2023
The Home That Love MadeFebruary 5, 2023
The Time is Always Right to Do What is RightJanuary 15, 2023
Out of the FlamesJanuary 1, 2023
Christmas PresenceDecember 25, 2022
Joy! Holiday Pageantry and Faithful PreparationDecember 11, 2022
We Are Changed TogetherNovember 20, 2022
We Are ChangedNovember 13, 2022
The Courage to BeOctober 23, 2022
The Courage to GrowOctober 16, 2022
The Courage to ForgiveOctober 2, 2022
InFaith: Root More Deeply in History
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Derek Chauvin Trial: Guilty on All Counts
We know as a people committed to justice that America is guilty on all counts of white supremacy. This is...
We Need the Blessing of the Dark as Well as the Light: Imagination, Rest, and Depth
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Go Tell it on the Mountain
Service from UU Montclair December 24, 2020 7 PM “Go Tell it on the Mountain” A Lessons and Carols Christmas...