Our Lifespan Faith Development Director, Peggy Smith
After volunteering for several years, Peggy Smith became our Lifespan Faith Development Director in 2009. Peggy received a Masters in Elementary Education from George Mason University in 1989. She has an undergraduate degree in Education and Sociology from Gettysburg College, and completed the requirements for a Master’s in Counseling from George Mason University.
She was a teacher in the Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia from 1969-1989 and an Elementary Counselor from 1989-2003. Peggy also worked for Parents as Teachers where she was a parent educator working with first time parents in Sussex County, DE.
Peggy has been a Unitarian Universalist for forty years. She has been married to her husband, Rev. Michael Smith since 1971. They have three daughters, Jenny, Holly, and Mai, along with three grandsons, Jacob, Ethan, and Ryan.
A Message from Peggy
Welcome to UUSD! Being the Director of Lifespan Faith Development has been such a joy for me! Lifespan Faith Development means just that; we never stop learning. I have watched as children, youth, and adults refine and articulate their own beliefs as they share in dialogue with others. I see my own search for meaning enriched by my ministry and by the wonderful people who share my journey here. Even more important, we have fun! We really have fun!
It is true that UUs have many diverse beliefs and sources of wisdom, but we are also bound by important similarities. At UUSD you will belong to a safe community where your questions and beliefs will be treated with respect. Children, youth, and adults learn that our beliefs and understanding of life change as we grow and develop. Our knowledge of our long, proud history is deepened by our strong ties to our Partner Church in Transylvania where the Unitarian movement began. In our classes we hear stories of Unitarians and Universalists of old who passed on a rich heritage of deep belief in the dignity of all, the importance of justice, and caring for the Earth. The UU Principles serve as a moral compass for us. As a result our services, classes, and activities are varied and interesting. Our religion believes that it is important to live our beliefs, not just recite them. This strong conviction means that Social Justice is woven into all that we do.
We hope that you will find a home here in this caring community where you will find meaning, acceptance, and connection.
Come join us!