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 today. 11:00 Service: June is Pride month for the LGBTQA+ … Continue reading “Say Gay”

“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 true beauty shine? SERVICE WILL BE ONSITE (but also available to watch … Continue reading “A Radiant Glow”

“Side Trips”

SERVICE WILL BE ONSITE (but also available to watch on Zoom). The story of one family’s afternoon trip to Abilene highlights the importance of sharing our thoughts and feelings with the right people at the right time. How can we help ensure that we all have the information we need to make decisions which are … Continue reading “Side Trips”

“Hearts that Inspire”

SUNDAY SERVICES ARE CURRENTLY HELD ONLINE ONLY. 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. Click here to attend via Zoom on your computer, tablet, … Continue reading “Hearts that Inspire”

“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. SERVICE WILL BE ONSITE ONLY. Here are the COVID protocols our Safe Congregation Committee has provided … Continue reading “This Very Moment”

“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 like and how it can help us cultivate our relationships … Continue reading “A Faithful Response”