Rev. Wanda Daniel, Minister
My religious journey in this life began in a small United Methodist church in Winston-Salem, NC. Constantly hearing stories and raising questions, my dad had his share of parent-minister conferences. My spiritual journey began under the evergreen tree hearing wisdom. Life for me has been a challenge, weaving those facets together, discarding and gathering and discarding some more.
Before attending seminary, I completed a master’s degree in educational counseling and life planning. Team development and organizational dynamics played a role as well. I entered Wesley UM Seminary in Washington DC in the late 80’s and had great fun with their new Urban Ministries program. Community organizing, critical thinking, theology and government, and yes, international and interfaith studies, were all vital components of my education there.
After 17 years of not fitting in the box in DC and Baltimore, I moved to Colorado in 2005, met the UUs in Colorado Springs, and began my small group consulting work up and down the Rocky Mountain range. Creativity and our changing stories are key pivotal points for my life and my work. Empowering self, other & community stories build the foundation. My communion with Earth, poetry & traveling sustains my soul.
Christine Sopko, Children’s Religious Exploration Director
Christine Sopko has been the Director of Religious Exploration since 2017. She has taught classes on the UU seven principles and sources. During COVID she delivers Home Connection kits once a month, emails resources, and hosts outdoor walks. She is a mother of 6, and amateur beekeeper and gardener. She looks forward to continued community building, UU value instilling in young minds, and social justice projects.
They moved to Billings in February 2018 from Norman, OK. Jim enjoys baking, reading, football, talking religion, and hanging out with Dwight and their two cats. He has served as a contributing writer to the Working Americans series of economic history books. He is a member of Bethlehem Lutheran and is excited to be working here.