Starting my studies to become a Unitarian Universalist Minister was one of the most exciting and scariest things I’ve ever done. I’ve just completed my second year at the Starr King School for the Ministry, and while I’m working harder than I’ve ever worked before in school, I’m loving every minute of it!

I’ve been a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Norwich for over 20 years, and “the call” to Ministry was much stronger the past few years. I’ve been asked by strangers if I am a Minister, and where my church is located – LOL – and I’m happy to continue my anticipated 4-year journey. Unitarian Universalism has provided me with education, solace, empowerment, enthusiasm, and a LOT of challenges – all of them worth it.

I’ve learned a lot about myself, developed new strengths, expanded on my love of public speaking to deliver messages that help others, and been encouraged to really LOOK at my reasons for doing what I do. As I continue to plan and execute sermons – some in my home church, some in churches around my local and regional area, I’m refining my voice and really honing in on what it means to be the “DivaStyle Minister.”
Why “DivaStyle Minister?” It came from my former experience as an Image Consultant and Coach. I defined the word “Diva” differently – Dynamic, Inspirational, Vivacious and Audacious.
  • I intend to use my ministry to encourage, empower and enthusiastically support individuals to become their most Dynamic selves – the brave, outspoken, powerful selves that I believe everyone has within them.
  • I want to Inspire people to live their best lives – the ones that make them smile, feed their hearts and souls, and express their authenticity and the depth of their being.
  • I will create Vivacious worship services that not only give the attendees a chance to enjoy worship, but leave worship empowered to make change happen in their individual lives, their families and their community.
  • Finally, I intend to be Audacious – tackling subjects that might not always be easy to hear about, but which need to be spoken out loud, in the context of a supportive spiritual community that encourages and honors the inherent worth and dignity of all people.
I’m looking forward to continuing my journey and excited to have the support of my family and my church in this endeavor. I want to learn everything I can about the art and heart of ministry, and to someday lead a congregation, a movement, or an organization that helps me to live out my convictions.
I will work hard to make all of you who support me very proud, and to reinforce the most excellent foundation I’ve been given. I’ve been inspired, challenged and loved by so many people in my life:
  • My parents, Charles and Katherine Morton, my husband Aaron and my daughter Ariana, who experience my journey first-hand, and who help keep me grounded.
  • For all my family members who support me online and in-person – I love you all and appreciate your encouragement.
  • My teachers – those involved in my formal education, and the wonderful people who taught me SO much without the formality of a classroom or educational setting.
  • The people who showed me what NOT to do – how NOT to treat people, and who fired up in me my fighting sense…not necessarily a physical fight, but in practicing the raising of my voice for those who do not feel they can advocate for themselves.
My next year in Seminary will be a good one – I’m determined to make it so, and to continually review and expand what my advisor Rev. Christopher Long calls my “growing edges.” I’ve been accepted into a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, CT, and I’m excited for the next phase in my education as I put what I’ve learned into actual practice.
I’m ready to continue my journey – Let’s DO THIS!!!