The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills: Minster and Sermons

Dawn Sangrey

Rev. Dawn Sangrey

Rev. Sangrey comes to the UUCC from the UUSIS, the Unitarian Universalist Society in Stamford CT. She spen two years at the UUSIS as an interim minister, following a seven-year Consulting Ministry at the Fourth Unitarian Society of Westchester in Mohegan Lake, NY. Fourth UU had been entirely lay-led for 46 years before the congregation invited Rev. Sangrey to explore with them their potential for working with a professional minister. The congregation made a successful transition to shared ministry during Rev. Sangrey’s tenure and will call their first settled minister after a search now in progress.


Rev. Sangrey was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry in June 2001 by the First Religious Society, a UU congregation in Carlisle, MA. She was educated for ministry at Harvard Divinity School and in a college chaplaincy internship at Tufts University in Medford, MA; a hospital chaplaincy in the psychiatric units of the Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT; and a ministerial internship with the First Religious Society in Carlisle. She served as Consulting Minister to the UU Congregation of the Palisades in Englewood, NJ, from 2001 to 2003.


From March to October 2004, Rev. Sangrey was involved in a public witness for marriage equality with the Rev. Kay Greenleaf, then minister of the UU Fellowship in Poughkeepsie. They officiated for dozens of same-sex weddings in New Paltz, NY, receiving widespread media attention when they were the first clergy to be arrested and charged with a crime for solemnizing gay and lesbian weddings. At their trial, the charges against Rev. Greenleaf and Rev. Sangrey were dismissed on Constitutional grounds.


Before her ordination, Rev. Sangrey was employed as a public-high-school teacher, a college professor, and a professional writer. She is the author of Lifestyles: Women Talk About Marriage(Delacorte Press, 1983) and coauthor with Morton Bard of The Crime Victim’s Book (Basic Books, 1979). In addition to the Master of Divinity, she holds a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing (MFA) from Vermont College.

She lives in Bedford Hills, NY, with her husband of 34 years, Paul Fargis. They have one son, Chris Fargis, who lives in Brooklyn. Rev. Sangrey is a daughter of the late Abram Sangrey, a United Methodist minister, and Dorothy Herr Sangrey, a retired religious educator and church musician. Along with her husband, whose heritage is Roman Catholic, she became a Unitarian Universalist in 1984 because they wanted to raise their child of a mixed-religion family in the church. She is also stepmother to John Fargis and Alison Fargis, and grandmother to Dan Dan, Tulia, Siena, and Finn.

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