Rev. Julie Forest resides in San Diego with her wife, Maren Outwater. Their son, Jude, is in college.
Rev. Julie will serve as a half time minister. Previously Julie has served congregations in Wisconsin and Washington. She attended Wayne State University and earned a degree in Psychology. She also time studied Chinese literature, history, and the Mandarin Chinese language. Julie graduated from seminary at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Religion.
Learn more about Rev. Julie by reading her message to the congregation on the Worship Page.
Geoff is a native Californian, born in Los Angeles, and is the son of a Methodist minister. He studied at CSUN and CSUF and has taught jazz band at the University of Texas, San Angelo.
Geoff has been a freelance musician (trumpet player) for most of his life, having played on many recordings, musical productions, and touring bands. He is also author of one of the most popular trumpet method books currently on the market.
Geoff has been in the publication industry for almost 40 years as an editor for many books, hundreds of magazine articles, publications coordinator for the University of San Diego and managing editor for a major legal publisher.
Dorian McWain, 2nd grew up in the Adirondacks of Upstate New York where he studied voice and clarinet at the local community college. He went on to pursue an undergraduate degree in Music Business at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia where he became a member of the music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. After college, he assumed directorship positions at both The Unitarian Church of Barneveld in Barneveld, NY and The Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica in Utica, NY.
In 2008, he relocated to San Diego, CA where he performed several seasons with the San Diego Master Chorale and the Summit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship choir. Five years later he relocated to Palm Springs, CA where he's since been an active member of the music community. Dorian plays oboe and English horn in several local ensembles including the Desert Winds Freedom Band, Redlands Community Orchestra, Temecula Valley Symphony and the Coachella Valley Symphony.
Dorian is honored to lead the UUCOD Choir and music program at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert. He is excited to share the awesome power and beauty of music with his fellow Unitarian Universalists.
Nancy Gallardo, our Children’s Religious Education teacher, has 10 years of experience as a Preschool Teacher in the Desert Sands Unified School District & private preschools. She loves teaching children and believes in promoting social, physical, intellectual & religious growth with the help of the family & community.
Learn more about Religious Education here.