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In Reidy Friendship Hall
One Service at 11:15 am

From June 19 through Labor Day, join us for our Summer Worship Series, featuring uplifting messages and music led by our dynamic team of All Souls ministers, staff, guests, and Lay Worship Associates. Come for the moving messages and the uplifting music from our All Souls Choir soloists. 

Summer worship at All Souls is a unique experience, as we hear from a wide diversity of voices from within and beyond our congregation. See you in church this summer! 

June 19           David Robb
June 26           Cory Labanow
July 3              Rachael Hayes
July 10            Rebekah Montgomery
July 17            Daniel Gregoire
July 24            Jason Lydon
July 31            Betty Jeanne Rueters-Ward
August 7         Rebekah Montgomery
August 14       Tracy Sprowls
August 21       Laura Pedersen
August 28       Blanca Rodriguez
September 4  Carol Emmerling



David Robb is Assistant Minister for Adult Education and Scholar-in Residence at All Souls. His primary responsibility at All Souls is planning, implementing, coordinating, and teaching in the Adult Education programs of the congregation. As a member of the ministerial staff, he is active in Pastoral Care and is frequently called upon to conduct memorial services and weddings. In addition to his work at All Souls, he is also a Psychotherapist and Pastoral Counselor with a practice in Manhattan, and is an Associate of Kenwood Psychological Services.


Cory Labanow has been a member of All Souls since 2006. He spent 6+ years leading the Young Adults group and helps to run an alternative service called The Hub, amongst a fun smattering of other things. He earned his doctorate in Practical Theology from the University of Aberdeen and has since worked for the NYC Department of Education, American Express and, currently, Goldman Sachs.


Rachael Hayes is a Master of Divinity student at Union Theological Seminary and an aspirant for Unitarian Universalist ministerial fellowship. She is a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Bennington College, and a ten year resident of New York City. She has just completed an internship with youth and young adult programs for the UU Metro New York District.




Rev. Rebekah A. Montgomery is a Unitarian Universalist minister and Licensed Professional Counselor. She is an Army Reserve chaplain and was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan in July of 2005 for an 18 month tour of duty. In June of 2009, Rev. Rebekah was named “Military Chaplain of the Year” and received a Distinguished Service award from the Military Chaplains Association. In June 2014, she was honored by being selected to preach the sermon at the Service of the Living Tradition at General Assembly, the annual gathering of the UU Association. Rev. Rebekah will begin working on her DMIN from Wesley Theological Seminary this summer, is currently serving on the Board of Trustees for Starr King School for the Ministry, and is the Good Officer for the UU Military Chaplains Chapter.


The Rev. Daniel Gregoire is a member of All Souls and is currently the Assistant Minister at the Unitarian Society of Germantown, Pennsylvania. Daniel is deeply interested in the art of worship and making Unitarian Universalism accessible to people from all walks of life through innovative liturgy and preaching.




Rev. Jason M. Lydon is a UU community minister and the National Director of Black and Pink, an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and ‘free world’ allies who support each other. Jason has spent the last decade, following his incarceration, working with LGBTQ prisoners doing advocacy, organizing, and power building in an effort to abolish the prison industrial complex. Jason’s work is guided by his UU faith, and he has developed numerous resources for UU congregations to create and expand their prison ministry.



Betty Jeanne Rueters-Ward joined the All Souls staff in 2015 as interim part-time Program Director for Young Adult, Advocacy, and Outreach Programs. Betty Jeanne is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist with a multi-religious background, whose personal mission is to empower leaders of all ages to grow spiritually while making social change. Her work has included ministry, community organizing, writing, teaching and training, coaching, and non-profit management. Betty Jeanne has provided leadership for all levels of Unitarian Universalism. She has served on staff at the Unitarian Universalist Association’s denominational headquarters; mobilized faith-based campaigns for the Legislative Ministry in California; and led the Young Adult Ministries at the congregation at Shelter Rock, where she hosted a national leadership development training for young adults attended by All Souls members and staff. Betty Jeanne also serves as an off-site member of the faculty of Starr King School for the Ministry, the Unitarian Universalist seminary in Berkeley, CA.


Tracy Sprowls has served Unitarian Universalist congregations for more than 26 years as an ordained minister and as a volunteer. She holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the New York Theological Seminary (NYTS). After serving the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, New Jersey for seven years, Tracy will begin her tenure as the Interim Director of Religious Education at All Souls in July.



Laura Pedersen was raised in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst, NY, and is delighted to call All Souls her spiritual home over the past 25 years, where she volunteered for the Booker T. Washington Learning Center, serves on the Investment Committee of the Women’s Alliance, and is a Deacon. With a finance degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business, Laura began her career on Wall Street and then transitioned to writing. She’s a former New York Times columnist, a playwright, and the author of 16 books, most recently Life in New York.



Blanca I. Rodriguez, a member of All Souls since 2008, has been a delegate to the General Assembly, co-formed a committee on increasing diversity at All Souls, and currently serves as a Lay Worship Associate and a member of the Racial Justice Committee. A graduate of NYU Law School, she previously practiced law as a partner with the New York litigation firm of Kreindler & Kreindler, and later studied and taught conflict resolution at Columbia University’s Teachers College. In 2015, Blanca earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City where she was awarded the prestigious Traveling Fellowship as the top scholar in her graduating class. She is now seeking to be ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister with a specialization as an interfaith chaplain. For the past year she has served as a chaplain in the New York Presbyterian Hospital Clinical Pastoral Education residency program, where she is receiving clinical training and working as an interfaith chaplain with adult and pediatric patients.


Carol Emmerling has been a member of All Souls since 2004. Currently, she serves on our Board of Trustees, chairs the Adult Education committee, is a Lay Worship Associate, and a Small Group Ministry facilitator. Over the years she’s also enjoyed Stories with Soul, Community Choir, and weekend spiritual retreats. Beyond All Souls, Carol has done volunteer work with victims of domestic violence. She has also mentored second-grade students at her local elementary school, and teenagers in the New Amsterdam Boys & Girls Choir.





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