We are just now beginning to articulate the ways in which the covid pandemic has impacted individual lives and the foundations of our institutions. The effect on religious institutions has been profound. How might we re-imagine how we belong to our 21st-century Unitarian Universalist communities with optimism and a sense of high adventure rather than gloom and fear.
Reverend Janet Onnie
Janet Onnie has supplied pulpits, trained congregations in
Lay Pastoral Care, and facilitated on
organizational and leadership development and conflict
management. As an outspoken supporter of professional
clergy Rev. Onnie has served as a mentor and intern
supervisor to ministers in formation and a good officer to
troubled ministries. She served first, as treasurer, then as President of the
Florida Chapter of the UU Ministers Association. As a founder of and
contributor to interfaith organizations she is a passionate advocate for
social justice issues in cooperation with interfaith partners and allies and is
a frequent contributor to newspapers and public forums.
Upon retirement in 2022 she was named Minister Emerita of the Tri-
County Unitarian Universalists (FL).
Rev. Onnie retired to Staunton, Virginia in January 2021, where she
continues to supply local pulpits and, via Zoom, pulpits in North America.
She has recently completed service as sabbatical minister for congregations
in Canada and California. She also revived her pre-ministerial career as a
professional musician, serving as the volunteer coordinator for the
Staunton Music Festival, and playing in The Charlottesville Band and
Rockbridge Symphony Orchestra.
Her husband of 53 years is involved in the Staunton-based food
distribution programs and initiatives addressing the needs of the unhoused
population. Their daughter and son-in-love live in Asheville, NC where she
is completing licensing requirements for her MSW and he is a local