Rev. Allison was called to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers in 2008. Her commitment to our liberal religion began as a young adult when she was a high school youth advisor and lay leader at the Second Unitarian Church of Chicago. Before seminary, she worked in women’s health care as a medical assistant and then in clinic management. She attended Meadville Lombard Theological School, one of only two UU seminaries in existence. Allison was called to our church to be engaged in the larger community and invite us into this social justice engagement. In her first years of her ministry, she became active as an ally to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and was part of the seminal efforts to form what is now Lee Interfaith for Empowerment (LIFE), a congregation-based community organizing ministry in Lee County. She is an ally to the LGBTQ community, from waving rainbow flags on the streets of Fort Myers to helping with interfaith blessings at Pride. Our own congregation hosted a same-sex wedding ceremony for couples in January 2015, and she was honored to perform many of the ceremonies that day.
Allison is glad to serve this congregation and the larger community. She finds ministry and preaching a true privilege in the ways of companioning people through the transitions of life: birth, union, and even end-of-life. She has found a great richness in the gift of leading this congregation for seven years, and looks forward to a continued rich relationship as this congregation continues to change and grow into its mission: Inspired by love, we transform ourselves and serve one another.
Allison is married to her great love, Andy, and they love nurturing their young daughter, Charlotte. She enjoys yoga, time outdoors, paddling the waters, and simply delighting in her friends and family.