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Dr. Mark Hicks

Dr. Mark A. Hicks

Dr. Mark A. Hicks is the Angus MacLean Professor of Religious Education at Meadville Lombard Theological School and Director of the Sophia Fahs Center for Religious Education. He holds a doctorate degree in philosophy and education and a Master’s degree in higher and adult education, both from Teachers College, Columbia University in the City of New York. Drawing on his experience as a teacher, musician, university administrator and advocate for social change, Dr. Hicks brings to Unitarian Universalism his experience of designing a gold-standard professional development degree that transforms the teaching and learning lives of public school teachers and children.  He is known as a teacher’s teacher, his scholarship and teaching being recognized by peers for “Teaching Excellence” as well as making “contributions that stand the test of time” to the field of transformative teaching and research.

Pamela Sparr

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Pamela Sparr is a political economist and popular educator specializing in sustainable development and equity issues. Her primary interest is in how we nurture an individual’s psychological and spiritual growth at the same time as we participate in social change and justice-making. Ms. Sparr’s particular expertise is working with non-profits to develop transformative programs, educational materials, and experiences that enable staff, board members, and constituents to grow as they engage in effective, sustained justice work in the world. Ms. Sparr's past clients have included UN agencies, national and international labor, religious, development, and environmental groups and foundations. The UUA and UUMFE are among Ms. Sparr’s current clients. She was the founding chair of her congregation's 7th Principle Committee and led its Green Sanctuary planning process.