We are Unitarian Universalists
We are a religious community grounded on the principles of Unitarian Universalism that embrace the diversity of religious beliefs. We are a religion of deeds, not creeds.
We seek to create a loving community, inspire joy and spiritual growth, and support courageous action.
As members and friends of NWUUC we affirm this covenant, grounded in our Seven Principles, as a statement of how we as a congregation intend to work with each other to create a vibrant, caring community.
We covenant to:
- Speak our opinions and our feelings with care and compassion.
- Seek to understand others’ truths by listening actively and respectfully.
- Be kind.
- Be calm.
- Keep talking, directly with the parties involved, to resolve conflict or concerns.
- Hold ourselves accountable for our words and actions.
- Forgive imperfection.
- Respect personal boundaries.
Rev. Misha Sanders, Called Minister
Rev. Misha Sanders began her ministry at Northwest in August 2019. Rev. Sanders received her Masters in Divinity (MDiv.) in 2018 from Meadville-Lombard Theological School in Chicago, IL. and received her preliminary fellowship in 2018. Previously, she served as an affiliated Community Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Rockford, IL where she also served as a Sabbatical Minister in 2016. Her intern ministry was conducted at the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation (2015-2016) and at the North Shore Unitarian Universalist Church (2016-2017), both in Deerfield, IL. Raised in the tradition of the United Pentecostal Church, Rev. Sanders’ free and responsible search for truth and meaning (the 4th UU principle) lead her to embrace the spirit of UUism as the core of her faith tradition twenty years ago. Northwest called Rev. Sanders in June 2019. We welcome Rev. Sanders, her son Kyle and her furry collection of hamsters and cats.
Rev. Joan Armstrong-Davis, Community Minister
In 2013, Northwest commissioned Rev. Joan Armstrong-Davis as Community Minister. Joan is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister with 30 years of experience as a parish-based pastor, educator and counselor. A 1989 graduate of Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, she finished her residency in pastoral care at Emory University Hospital in 2003 and has also done post-graduate work in conflict resolution, mediation and trauma intervention and prevention. In collaboration with Rev. Rogers, Rev. Armstrong Davis is involved with NWUUC’s pastoral care team in providing support, co-facilitation and professional backup. She also has a standing invitation to preach at NWUUC at least once per congregational year. She may officiate at member weddings and other rites of passage at Rev. Roger’s request.
Adia Fields-Udofia, Director of Religious Education
Adia’s welcoming and energetic personality is a true reflection of Northwest’s religious education program and her whole spirit guides her in the important work of growing our congregation’s young minds. Adia has been involved in Northwest’s religious education program since 2017 serving as the Spirit Play coordinator. In her career, she has worked for multiple non-profit organizations and is currently working with survivors of child commercial sexual exploitation.
Dr. Philip J. Rogers, Director of Music
Philip J. Rogers earned the Bachelor degree in Music Education from Kentucky State University. At the University of Illinois he earned the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance where he studied voice with Professor William Miller whose technique of “singing nature’s way” fashioned an understanding of the natural beauty and effectiveness of the individual voice.
Dr. Rogers served as Director of Choral Activities at Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, Indiana; Graduate Assistant conductor of the University Black Chorus at the University of Illinois; Choral/Vocal & Music Appreciation professor at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois; Adjunct Voice Professor at Spelman College of Atlanta; Voice instructor in the Preparatory Music Program of Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia; Adjunct professor at Oglethorpe University of Brookhaven, Georgia; and maintains a vocal instruction studio in Decatur and Sandy Springs, Georgia.
Based on a long range plan by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, Northwest evolved from a third UUCA Sunday service to a fully established congregation in the greater Atlanta area. The Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation was formally established in June 1969.
The new congregation initially held services in the Liberty Guinn School in Sandy Springs and later at Sandy Springs Middle School. A five-acre wooded lot was purchased on Mt. Vernon Highway in 1971 to be the permanent home for Northwest.
Read more about our history here.