debra-180Reverend Debra Thorne,
Consulting Minister

Rev. Thorne is a native Vancouverite, who completed her Masters of Divinity degree at Meadville-Lombard Theological School in Chicago.

marilyn_meden-180Marilyn Medén,
Lay Chaplain

Marilyn is available to officiate at weddings, memorials, and other rites of passage for Beacon members and the general public.

ashley-coleAshley Cole,
Director of Religious Exploration

I was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta but have spent the better part of the past decade traveling the globe, learning from different cultures and religions, and earning a degree in International Development Studies. I moved to Vancouver two years ago and currently work for a non profit in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Before I moved out west, I served as the Director of Religious Education (DRE) at the Unitarian Church of Calgary, which was my initial introduction to the Unitarian Universalist community. Since then I have grown leaps and bounds in my understanding and appreciation of the UU principles and practices. In my time as DRE I attended various regional conferences, teacher trainings, and Liberal Religious Education Assocation (LREDA) gatherings. I was also fortunate enough to coordinate the youth programs for the 2013 Winter Elliot Camp hosted in Seabeck, Washington as well as coordinate the children’s programs of the 2013 Canadian Unitarian Council AGM hosted in Calgary, Alberta.