Greetings and welcome to Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church! We are the place where love truly works. Unitarian Minister William Ellery Channing once said, “May your life speak more loudly than your lips.” It is from this framework, of endeavoring to live a life that is both fulfilling and in integrity with our highest values that our time together is shaped. We gather together each week celebrate and embody the work of creating a just world as we explore the eternal together and navigate the joys and trials of life.
I am the Rev. Katie Romano Griffin, and I have the pleasure of serving as Cedar Lane’s Assistant Minister. I am the mother of two boys and have been married to my husband Sean since 2011. My oldest son entered college in 2017. My youngest will enter high school in 2018.
I hail from a very loving, incredibly boisterous, multiracial family. One of my grandparents came to the US from Argentina, and while I identify culturally as Latina and Italian, I am actually what comedian Cecily Strong once called, “a mash-up of everyone on brochures.” My family hails from Italy, Greece, the Middle East, North and South Africa, and India. My mother’s family spoke Spanish and Italian, mostly at the same time. The result is that I speak some Spanish, and a tiny bit of Italian.
My family taught me that everything in life is based on good relationships and this truth is at the core of my ministry. My early life certainly “hard wired me” to enjoy big crowds as much as precious one-to-one time. I enjoy getting to know people, supporting them, and connecting them with others.
I also credit my family with teaching me about the power of covenant, how to be strong in the face of adversity, and how to see the holy in all things, even when I have to dig for it. I endeavor to not only practice these skills, but also share them through story and prayer.
Prior to joining the Cedar Lane ministry team, I had a rich career as a nurse, and later as the co-owner of a marketing and public relations company. I have a background in coaching and hypnosis, too. Crafting our monthly video meditations is a passion of mine.
I was a Lay Campus Minister prior to entering seminary and I served as an intern in two UU congregations. I volunteered as a Chaplain at Naples Community Hospital and with the Lee County Emergency Services Spiritual Care Team. I have specialized training in Trauma Chaplaincy and am a member of our Unitarian Universalist Trauma Ministry. I have worked with the Sophia Lyon Fahs Educational Collaborative in developing multi-faith, multicultural curriculum, too.
My ministry is informed by my love of family, education, and chaplaincy. If you’d like to know a little more about my spiritual background, check out a post I wrote for our multicultural blog.
My primary focus at Cedar Lane is pastoral care and spiritual development. I coordinate with the Pastoral Visitors, Prayer Team, as well as Rev. Janamanchi and the We Care Neighborhood to help members of all ages in need of short and long-term support. Hospitality is another central point in my ministry. My greatest hope is that every time you come through the doors, you know you are in a place where you are a precious being, essential to the world and part of the interconnected web of all existence. I would love to help you get connected with some of the great people in the congregation and also connect you with an area that interests you. Church is a place to enhance old skills, develop new gifts and talents, and learn to thrive throughout life.
You will notice that I sign all of my emails, “Believing in you.” This is part of my spiritual practice and focus in ministry. As a Universalist at heart, when I send you a communication, know that I am also holding you in the highest regard and aspiring to reach that part in all of us that is the “divine spark” which seeks to do justice and create more love in the world.
I so look forward to connecting. Until then...
Believing in you,