Rev. Darcey Laine

Rev. Darcey Laine grew up in a musical family, and has a bachelor’s degree in Music performance from Indiana University.  She attended Star King School for the ministry where she developed a passion for ministry with children and youth.  After her ordination in 1998 to the Unitarian Universalist Ministry she served as DRE for the First UU Church of Stockton, then  settled in Silicon Valley where she served as Minister of Religious Education for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto for  seven years.

Rev. Darcey Laine

Rev. Darcey Laine

In the summer of 2007 Darcey and her partner, Eric and son, Nick moved to Ithaca, New York to lead a more family-centered life. In 2008 she was called to serve as Parish Minister of the UU Church of Athens and Sheshequin and has served as our settled minister ever since.

Rev. Laine also provides ministry to congregations in Towanda and Big Flats, and is a visiting preacher to other congregations in the region. She believes that collaboration among congregations is an important part of the history of UUCAS, which was called the “mother church” of Universalism in our area, and is glad to see it continue.

In 2014 Darcey completed her training in Spiritual Direction, a one-to-one practice for spiritual searching and growth, and enjoys providing Spiritual Direction to members of our congregations and to the community at large.


Lindsey Smith – YRE Coordinator

Lindsey Smith is the Youth Religious Education Coordinator. This is Lindsey’s second year at UUCAS. Lindsey grew up in Sayre, PA and graduated from Athens High School in 2004. She went to Corning Community College and earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. A few years later, she went back to school and is currently working on a duel certification in Elementary and Special Education from Mansfield University.

Lindsey Smith YRE

Lindsey Smith YRE

On a personal note, Lindsey has two daughters ages 14 and 5 and a few fur babies! During her free time she likes to take walks, adventure outside, and travel.

Lindsey is extremely excited about the start of the new church year, and excited to share all the information she has been learning. The 2016-2017 curriculum is titled “Treasure hunting” and the children will be exploring each of the Unitarian Universalist’s Seven Principles. If you have any questions or ideas, please feel free to contact Lindsey via email: Lindseysmithyre@gmail.com.