The Reverend Marni Harmony served as the
minister of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando from
1988-2008. From August 2008 and until July 2010, she served as
Interim Minister of the Emerson UU Congregation in Marietta, GA.
From August 2010-June 2011 she served as Consulting Minister
with the UU Congregation of Lakeland, FL and as a chaplain at
Orlando Health and MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her educational
background includes a BA in Religion from Tufts University; a
ThM in Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Care from Boston
University School of Theology; an MSW with a major in Marriage
and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee;
and a D.Min (Doctorate of Ministry) from Columbia Seminary. Her
dissertation was titled "The Challenge of Nontraditional
Families to the Church."
Raised Unitarian Universalist, Marni has a
deep love and commitment to our faith tradition and to promoting
healthy, intergenerational faith communities. After her
ordination in 1974, she spent a year each as a hospital
chaplain, an interim minister, and a college chaplain. She also
spent a couple of years as a psychotherapist after receiving her
Before being called to Orlando, she served
as minister of Unitarian Universalist churches in State College,
Pennsylvania and Brookfield, Wisconsin.
Marni lives with her partner Nancy, their
cat Zeke and their dog Gus. She is the mother of a grown son
(Kyle) and the grandmother of Kyle's children, Asia and Ethan.
Marni is a longtime student of eastern
religions and has a great love for aspects of each of the
world's great religions. Her own spiritual path is strongly
influenced by Buddhism. She took early Buddhist vows in 1989;
then formally received the Buddhist precepts in 2001.
"I believe the minister's role is to
support each individual's religious and spiritual journey by
encouraging, challenging, and providing opportunities for
education and exchange. I also believe the minister can help
create a congregational climate in which theological diversity
can be welcomed and can thrive. Together, we learn to live into
the great questions and the occasional discomfort of sometimes
living without great answers! I also believe that we gather as a
faith community (vs. a secular one). I hope that each person
brings a commitment to keep deepening their understanding of
what is holy and sacred, regardless of the language used."