Our staff in the Religious Education Department are an amazing group of individuals. We have volunteer teachers, parents, & guest speakers who give of their time, energy, & experience each Sunday morning for the students. The volunteers may be there to teach a special class, such as Carol Petersen’s highly popular clay workshops. The volunteers might be helping with Story for All Ages, participating as a guest in the classrooms for the day, or providing insights for the children in some other way.

We also have paid staff members who are part time. These are insightful individuals, committed to working with children, who give of their energy to help run the nursery & assist our dedicated volunteers.

Religious Education

Hazar Ahmed

Rita Maniotis


Rita Maniotis is a certified teacher in English Language Arts, Drama, Speech and Special Education.  She has taught religious education at Unity Temple as a former member for almost all grade levels.  The Forums brought her to TUC where she enjoys working with young people, doing coffee hour and participating any time a choir is needed.