Speaker: Rev. Kathy Schmitz

Rev. Kathy Schmitz is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. Ordained in 1999, she has served congregations in Massachusetts, Texas, Miami, and Orlando, as both a settled and an interim parish minister. Most recently, she served as the senior minister of First Unitarian Church of Orlando, Florida for over eight years.
She has a Master of Divinity (M.Div) from Andover Newton Theological School and BS in Computer Science from Cornell University’s College of Engineering. She is the Board Chair of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida.
Originally from New England, Rev. Kathy was a software engineer before entering seminary. Rev. Kathy still lives in Orlando with her husband Charlie Behrens. They have two adult daughters and four fabulous grandsons.

“Say Gay”

9:30 Discussion Group: Bruce Cusic of Triangle Connection Mount Dora, will speak about the Lake County LGBTQ+ community and specifically the Triangle Connection (TC) organization.  With the transgender community facing the most hardships, Bruce will spend a considerable amount of time addressing trans issues of … read more.

“A Radiant Glow”

Note: Service will be preceded by the 9:30 Discussion Group. This Sunday’s planned topic: First Ladies

A Radiant Glow: One way to nurture beauty is to nurture health. What might it mean to nurture our spiritual health so that we can let our … read more.

“Welcome to My Lilypad”


It has been suggested that we grow most when we approach the edge of our current understanding. A willingness to explore those edges allows us to widen our circles. How do we help create opportunities for growth and how do … read more.

“Hearts that Inspire”


Do you know the connection between Martin Luther King, Jr., Mohandas K. Gandhi, Henry David Thoreau, and the India emperor Ashoka?  Come discover the chain of influence that began with a nameless monk wandering across an ancient battlefield.

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“This Very Moment”

Vietnamese Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh encouraged us to “Find Joy & Peace in This Very Moment.” What can help us rise to this challenge?  Let’s consider how joy might be enhanced by noticing the blessings in our lives.


Here are the … read more.

“The History of Tomorrow”

The decisions that we make in each moment, are creating the history of tomorrow. With awareness, we can be intentional in bringing healing, creativity, and hope into the story we are writing.

Sunday Services are now in-person and on Zoom. Here are the Covid protocols our … read more.

“A Faithful Response”

Rev. Kathy says: “The challenges of climate change can seem overwhelming. However, if we remember to ground our responses in our values, we may find that this moment invites us to a variety of actions. … Consider what a spirituality of climate change might look … read more.

“Not Such a Sure Thing”

At each moment there are an infinite number of possible futures.  While some are more likely than others, we need to be careful of thinking that any one future is a sure thing.

The sermon is inspired by a short play called Sure Thing by David Ives, from … read more.