Wayne Eastman


Wayne Eastman is a long-time Unitarian-Universalist who served as President of the Orange congregation for four years in the 1990s and 2000s, where he also served as Board Secretary and taught religious education classes for many years with his wife Darcy Hall, a life-long Unitarian Universalist whose mother Mary-Ella headed up the religious education program at All Soul’s Church in New York City and whose sister Patricia works for the UUA. Wayne and Darcy’s children Jonathan and Caroline live in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, where they work for the Department of Commerce and the Beck Institute. Wayne began teaching in the religious education program at UUCM in 2013, beginning with second and third graders, and more recently has taught in the Coming of Age program. He is now a resident of Orange, where he and Darcy moved in 2019 after living in South Orange since 1992. He was a volunteer in the 1990s for Friends and Neighbors, a community group formed to support long-term racial integration in South Orange and Maplewood, and in the 2000s was Secretary and a member of the Executive Board of the South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race, a town-supported non-profit devoted to the same mission. He served as a member of the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education from 2006-2015 and as Board President in 2015, and he continues to have a strong interest in K-12 education. He is a professor at Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick, where he is part of the Supply Chain Management Department. He teaches courses in business ethics, business law, and sustainability, and his main research line involves relating psychology and game theory to ethics. In addition to religious education, he has a particular interest in supporting partnerships between the U and other UU congregations, between the U and other liberal faith communities, and between Montclair and nearby communities. He looks forward to working with the members of the Executive Board, the Board as a whole, the Ministers, and the entire congregation to support the vibrant, diverse large congregation culture of the U, and to strive to make it even more vibrant and diverse than it already is.