Members - Faith Journeys

Our congregation is diverse in many ways. Just walk into our building for any service or supper, and you will see that immediately. We delight in the richness of our diversity of cultures, ethnicities, languages, sexual orientations, vocations, gifts, talents, and politics! We also have a rich variety of experiences and expressions of our faith. For that reason, we have begun collecting the "Faith Journey" stories of our congregation. Check back often as we will be continually adding journeys.

Roberta Arden

Rev. Roberta Arden ministers to Foster Grandparents by teaching special needs parenting skills for the New York City Department of Aging. My faith journey actually began at age 5 with Sunday School and falling in love with Jesus. It was to be a very eclectic journey covering a span of 75 years, many mystical experiences, […]

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Alexander Stewart

What follows is a transcript of what Alex Stewart shared with our congregation in worship on June 12th as we celebrated his graduation from college. “Good morning.  These past four years have been the best experience of my life.  I recently graduated from Rider University with my accounting degree.  Initially, I didn’t know which college […]

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Yenny Tjokrosudarmo

I grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia.  I have two older brothers and one younger sister.  We all went to a private Christian (Protestant) school.  I remember that, until Grade 6, everyday before the lesson began, we had to pray by singing a Christian song.  At the end of the day, before we went home, we […]

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Demetria Stewart

My faith journey started in first grade.  My mother scraped up enough money to send me to St Mary’s, a Catholic school in Long Island City for eight years.  At St. Mary’s I received a good education, but I was also learning how important it is to have God in your life.  I received First […]

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Tom Cramer

For the first twenty years of my life, I lived at the opposite end of Church Street, a stone’s throw away from the United Church of Spring Valley. I was baptized at this church by the Rev. David Jenks.  Although my mother attended, my father was a non-practicing Catholic. My first memories of the church […]

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Linda Cantillano

I guess my faith journey began with my parents. My father was a Catholic from Chile. I know very little about his religious practice. I saw him go to church regularly, only after he became elderly. He always had a crucifix in his home. My mother grew up Methodist in Puerto Rico and married a […]

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Merle Hunter

I grew up in Jamaica in a very religious family.  We lived next door to a Church of God congregation and my grandparents took me, my sister, and two cousins there every Sunday. Even when my grandfather was no longer well enough to attend church, we’d all go out into the backyard and set up […]

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Melanie Star DeJesus Russell

My name is Melanie Star DeJesus Russell and I am proud to say my faith journey began at the UCSV. I was born in Massachusetts but soon relocated to Valley Cottage NY. My parents sought out a family friendly church and found the UCSV. At the time Jon Norton was minister and there were many […]

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Frances Blauvelt

I grew up in San Francisco, the oldest of three girls. Both parents were teachers and talented musicians. My father, a high school band and orchestra director, started teaching piano to us two older girls when we were very young. Before we were in school we were performing easy four-hand duets. We both continued our […]

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Joe Ragusa

Reaching 70 years old this past May, I started to look at all the decades gone by. Some were good, some were not. I grew up in a great neighborhood in East Yonkers. It was great! In the center of this neighborhood was our church, Saint Anne’s. I was an altar boy there for a […]

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