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Chalice UU Congregation
2324 Miller Ave.
Escondido, California, USA
Chalice UU Congregation: Staff
Director of Congregational Life: Elizabeth Bukey
Elizabeth Bukey cares deeply about helping you find a pathway to
belonging at Chalice, and to move out from that belonging to seek
justice in the wider world.
A lifelong UU and native of Seattle, Elizabeth attended Union
Theological Seminary in New York City, a Christian school that's the
oldest independent seminary in the country. While in seminary, she
traveled to the Texas — Mexico Borderlands, and interned at
Middle Collegiate Church, a culturally diverse, inclusive and growing
community of faith in New York City. She served as a hospital
chaplain in Seattle and completed her ministerial internship at
First UU Church of San Diego. Elizabeth also works for the Church of
the Larger Fellowship, coordinating UU
Elizabeth lives in San Diego with her beloved (but growly) rescue
dog, Lyuba. She also sings with the San Diego Women's Chorus and
enjoys running, yoga, and baking with chocolate (though not at the
Office Administrator: Kathleen Swift
Kathleen Swift has been a member of the Chalice Community since 2010.
Until now, most of her professional experience has been in the field of
public education, both as a teacher and school principal. She is very
happy to have the opportunity to serve Chalice while experiencing
professional growth in new ways.
Kathleen is the mother of three amazing adult sons, and one beloved
grandson. She and her loving partner, Judy, live in beautiful Valley
Center where they enjoy bountiful organic gardening, beautiful sunsets,
and stargazing. Kathleen and Judy also enjoy the company of their
animals: three cats and one dog.
For Kathleen, though the skills and duties she has as Office
Administrator are many and varied, the most important is fostering a
welcoming, genuine, and healthy atmosphere for all who are a part of
Music Director: Tim McKnight
Tim McKnight hails from the rural Midwest, but relocated to San Diego in
July 2004. One month later, Chalice UU Congregation hired Tim as Music
Director, a position he has held ever since. Tim received both his
Bachelors Degree in Music Education as well as his Masters Degree in
Accompanying and Vocal Coaching from the University of Illinois @
Urbana-Champaign. In addition to his music ministry at Chalice, Tim
teaches a studio of over 20 private piano and voice students. He also
is a professional accompanist, collaborating with both vocalists and
instrumentalists for recitals, auditions, college juries, competitions,
etc. Tim has served as musical director, conductor, vocal coach and
pianist for both opera and musical theater productions in Illinois and
throughout San Diego County. In June 2012, Tim will be conducting a
special performance of UU Composer Jason Shelton's "Sources: A Unitarian
Universalist Cantata" with over 100 singers and instrumentalists from
all of the UU congregations in San Diego County.
Religious Education Coordinator: Jackie Austin-Singer
Jackie has been the RE Coordinator at Chalice for over four years.
A credentialed teacher in California and mother of two, Jackie has
also attended UUA
Rennaissance Modules for Religious Educators. Jackie is also
an accomplished singer and songwriter.