Our Minister and Staff
Minister: Rev. Debra Faulk
It is such a delight to have been called to serve the Unitarian Church of Calgary. It feels like a homecoming as this is the very congregation where my parents first recognized themselves as Unitarian and brought me along as a toddler.
As a life-long Canadian Unitarian, I have found this religious tradition to be a solid foundation in my life. I hold a B.A. from the University of Victoria (Psychology / Anthropology) and a Master of Divinity degree from the Vancouver School of Theology.
After serving as the parish minister at the Don Heights Unitarian Congregation in Toronto for 4 years, I was called by the Unitarian Church of Calgary in August of 2010.
When not at the church, I can be found going to concerts (love our CPO!), tending plants inside and out, reading, hiking, and connecting with friends and family including my five grandchildren.
Music Director: Jane Perry
I have been a church musician in Canadian Unitarian congregations since 2000, serving the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa (2000-2011) and Calgary Unitarians (since 2011). As Music Director at Calgary Unitarians, I conduct three choirs (UUphonia, Chor Vida, and the Coffee Choir), play the piano at Sunday-morning services, and work with our music volunteers to create concert events like An Afternoon of Chamber Music, our popular Silent Movie Nights. and UUphonia’s annual Cabaret.
I am a full-time professional musician in Calgary. My other work includes conducting One Voice Chorus (a mixed-voice ensemble for LGBTQ2 singers and allies) and the Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players.
I trained as a classical pianist, learned how to play jazz, and continue to enjoy a wide variety of music as a pianist, conductor, composer and audience member. My twin professional passions are music education and building community, elements that find a natural home in my work with choirs.
When not at the church, I can be found sipping strong coffee and wondering how to convince more people to embrace the magical experience of singing in a choir.
Director of Religious Exploration: Sheila MacMaster
I’ve lived in Alberta most of my life, and in Calgary for the past twenty years. I am a believer in life-long education, and am currently finishing my Multidisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree (with a double minor of architecture and drama) at the University of Calgary. This means I bring a broad liberal arts education and many exciting ideas to our Children and Youth Religious Education program.
I also have over nine years experience as an Administrator and I’m very pleased to bring those skills to the position of DRE. With a young child of my own, it’s very important to me what our children are learning and I feel very blessed to be a part of it.
When I’m not at church, I’m often busy going on adventures with my family and being creative.