Responding to a call that I had first felt as a youth, Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael pursued a Master of Divinity at Meadville Lombard Theological School. From 2007-2017, Rev. Anya served the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling, in Sterling, Virginia, where she participated in the development of a county wide interfaith association, serving as the board chair for the first four years. Recognition of her justice work included the opportunity to provide the invocation at two presidential campaign events, one led by Michelle Obama and the other by Barack Obama.
In 2017 Rev. Scott and Rev. Anya accepted the call to serve this congregation as senior-co ministers, fulfilling the aim that they had held since graduating seminary and uniting in marriage. Central to her current ministry is the honest confrontation necessary to dismantle white supremacy, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia and sexism. In her sermons, Rev. Anya stresses humility and and relationship as avenues to engage the holy of one’s own understanding.
Rev. Anya is an avid gardener, cook, and lifelong vegetarian. She has had the pleasure of sharing her days with many four legged friends – the least common of all, a sheep. She practices yoga and meditation and maintains a regular prayer practice. If the sun is shining she is determined to feel it on her face. Whenever possible, she seeks the ocean and the soul cleansing that only salt water can provide.
Love and PowerJanuary 17, 2021
Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is...
Rededicating the Temple of LibertyJanuary 14, 2021
How will we understand this time? How can our imagination compel a new beginning?
Touching PossibilityNovember 1, 2020
How do we, in these strange times remain in contact with possibility? This is a pre-election service.
Humble Before AllSeptember 27, 2020
A service of atonement in the midst of a pandemic – a chance to release the burden of excellence.
Love is the Water that Wears Down the RockSeptember 13, 2020
Our Annual (Virtual) Ingathering Service that invites us to join our individual journey with the larger journey of our congregation and community.
A Living FaithAugust 30, 2020
BlossomingJune 21, 2020
Our Annual Flower Communion with a special flower communion video by David Gaynes, and a recognition of our Leaders and Mortenson scholars.
I Hear Leaf Blowers: A Reflection on Deep Listening
I have gotten to the place in my meditations where I can listen through most challenging noises, to hear a stillness beyond, but leaf blowers are different.
We Renew. We Prepare for Focused Action.
“It was my conviction and determination that the church would be a resource for activists — a mission fundamentally perceived. ...
What Does Compassion Look Like in These Times?
From Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael, Senior Co-Minister Compassion looks like bold Black Lives Matter signs and direct action in accordance. Compassion...