Annette Cortes

Annette Cortes recently moved from Nyack to West New York with her sister Stephanie. She was born in Queens to a Cuban father and a Columbian mother. The family moved to Rockland County when Annette was ten years old. Annette was drawn to our church after seeing a UCC "God Is Still Speaking" TV ad. She went online to the UCC website and found that the denomination and our congregation share her beliefs and values, in particular in regards to being welcoming and affirming toward gays and lesbians, and being pro-choice on the issue of abortion rights. The website directed her to our church. Attending the Easter service, she immediately felt a sense of community within our congregation and was pleased with it's openness, diversity, and sense of inclusiveness. Annette has an M.A. in Educational Theater from New York University and is a performer, teaching artist and educational director for the Society of the Educational Arts (SEA), a bilingual Latino children's theater and Arts-in-Education organization in New York City, whose performances and teaching residencies serve the bilingual Latino youth of the tri-state area. Annette sings and acts and loves to teach children to bike ride. Annette can often be seen doing the children's meditation Sunday mornings.