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.
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.
Maggie Belokur – Youth Religious Educator
Unitarian Universalist Church is delighted to welcome Margaret (Maggie) Belokur as our new Youth Religious Educator. Belokur began her position September 1st. She will lead our religious education classes for children ages 4-13.
Belokur is a graduate of Towanda Area High School. She has a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from the State University of New York at Geneseo and has studied intensive Spanish at the Intercultura Language School in Costa Rica. She is a certified yoga teacher and is the owner, manager and an instructor of Towanda Yoga which offers hatha-style yoga classes for adults and children. Maggie is the mother of Eli, a two-year-old. She and her family reside in South Towanda, Pennsylvania.