The Ministerial Internship Committee is pleased to introduce Tonia Bell-Delgado as our newest ministerial intern at UUCM!
Beginning in September, under the guidance of Revs. Anya and Scott Sammler-Michael, Tonia will bring her vivacious and loving self to our congregation as she prepares to live her calling as a Unitarian Universalist minister.
Tonia is a first-year seminarian at Meadville Lombard Theological School in the Master of Divinity program. Before she began her theological studies, she had an extensive career in social work, helping some of the most challenged and diversely in-need populations. Her work ranged from individual and family clinical counseling to program and facility management and grant writing. She excelled in community outreach and the development of community relationships.
Tonia has been a Unitarian Universalist for twenty years. After moving to Delaware, First Unitarian Church of Wilmington became her home church. At First U, Tonia found her voice to answer her call to ministry. They have been steadfast in their support of Tonia as her sponsoring congregation as she traverses this path.
Tonia’s foundational tenant of faith is her belief that we are in covenant with each other to maintain interconnectedness and elevate humanity by working together towards our common betterment. She was immediately drawn to UUCM’s commitment to social justice activism and spiritual exploration.
Tonia is a mother of two children, Kerri and Everett, and the step grandmother of one granddaughter, Yamariz. She and her wife Carmen also share their love with their family dog, Cuddles.
Tonia’s pronouns are Xe/Xyr/Xyrs (pronounced (Ze, Zir ). Here is a link that is helpful (https://www.mypronouns.org/
Tonia’s internship will be on a part-time basis for two years. In addition to joining Sunday services, she will be available for office hours and will have regular meetings with her Internship Supervisor, Rev. Anya, as well as the Internship Committee (Kathryn Counsell, Wil Hylton, Charlotte Hunter, Dana Moore, Pat Patrick, Jo Ponticello, and Craig Rush). She’s very excited to be a part of our community and we are thrilled to have her.
Please join us in welcoming her to our congregation!