Minister and Staff

Rev. Hannah Petrie

A lifelong UU and was affirmed and ordained at North Shore Unitarian Church in Deerfield, IL.  A Centennial graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry in 2004, she has served full time at UU churches in locations including Austin, TX, southwest FL, Detroit MI, Pasadena and Studio City CA.

Rev. Dr. Jay Atkinson
Minister Emeritus

The Reverend Dr. Jay Atkinson was settled as our minister in September 1999 and served for twelve years until his retirement in June 2011. He holds an A.M. in Divinity from the University of Chicago and a Doctorate in Ministry from Meadville Lombard Theological School. Before coming to UUCSC, he served UU churches in Sioux City, Iowa, and Davis, California. He also did research in nuclear physics for eleven years. He lives with his wife, Ariel Summerlin, near Berkeley, where he studies UU history and theology as Research Scholar at Starr King School for the Ministry. He still preaches occasionally and leads tours to historic Polish Brethren sites in southern Poland.

Claudia Moscotte
Church Administrator
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Claudia has over 22 years of office management experience in organizations ranging from Northridge Hospital’s Spiritual Care Department, St. Elisabeth Church & The Rogationist Father of The Heart of Jesus, in Van Nuys, to LA Valley College’s Distance Education Student Help Desk. She holds certificates in Graphic and Web design, Associate degree in History, Sociology , Sociology Social Welfare, Computer Application Specialist, and Administrative Assistant from Los Angeles Valley College. She is currently working on a BA in Social Work at California State University, Los Angeles.

John Bergquist
Music Director
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John studied music at the University of Utah, where he was fortunate to be able to sing in a world-class choir under the direction of Barlow Bradford. He received his Bachelor's degree in Music Education before studying privately with Dr. Bradford and later earned his Master's degree in Choral Conducting. After graduation, John served as Music Director at the South Valley Universalist Unitarian Society, where he developed an appreciation and respect for UU values. John is thrilled to have an opportunity to serve as Music Director here at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City.