Before moving to the desert, with her husband, Rev. Barbara Grace Fast served as minister to Unitarian Universalist Congregations in Danbury, Connecticut, East Greenwich, Rhode Island and Westport, Connecticut.
Before entering the ministry, Rev. Barbara practiced law in New York and Connecticut, where she taught Trial Practice and supervised law school students who served indigent families in Bridgeport, Connecticut at Bridgeport School of Law at Quinnipiac College.
She has been very active in community and social justice causes including marriage equality, environmental issues and anti-racism.
Rev. Fast graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, earned her Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University and her Masters of Divinity from Yale University.
Learn more about Rev. Barbara by reading her message to the congregation on the Worship Page.
Meet Our New Office Administrator: Andrea Gonzalez Duran
Andrea Gonzalez Duran joins UUCOD as our Office Administrator. Andrea is a junior at CSU San Bernadino Palm Desert Campus majoring in Communications. Previously she managed the water assistance program at the United Way in Palm Desert.
Andrea was born in Mexicali B.C, and has lived in Coachella Valley most of her life. She lives with her family in Desert Hot Springs.
Her hours will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 noon to 4 PM and Fridays from 10 AM to 3 PM.
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.
Kurt Jordan developed an intense interest in learning the piano after having seen The Phantom of the Opera with his parents at age 10. He studied under the guidance of Joann Algier throughout middle and high school, during which time he discovered a love of music using multiple pianos. This passion was further explored while studying at Azusa Pacific University under Dr. Robert Sage until 2010 when Kurt graduated with a BA in Music Theory and Composition.
Kurt has performed and recorded several recitals of material he arranged for two and three pianos. These recordings have been broadcast in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Boston, Austin, and Beirut, Lebanon. In 2009, Kurt had the honor of performing the West Coast premiere of Alvin Curran's 7 1/2 hour-long piano song cycle, Inner Cities 1 to 13, as well as the U.S. premiere of Curran’s movement 14 at Burning Man in 2013.
Kurt is an accompanist for many musical groups throughout the Coachella Valley including Harmonic Voices, Melodiam, the College of the Desert, the Cathedral High School Chamber Singers, The Arrangement, and Songshine. The latter is a non-profit organization that teaches speech therapy through music for people with Parkinson's Disease and stroke.
Most recently Kurt has become the Principal Accompanist for Modern Men, as well as Black Tie Opera, a new opera company in the Coachella Valley.