vermont celebrants’ roots tap deep.
Our story is Martha Dallas’ story, which goes back at least to her high school and college days. Raised an Episcopalian, in her teens she began to question her beliefs, and to grapple with life’s meaning, exploring her curiosity about the world and humanity’s place in it.
A BA degree in cultural anthropology at Mount Holyoke College was followed by an MA in education and theological studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Martha sought a liberal setting where she could inspire others, and where religion and learning intersected.
She taught religious studies at Northfield Mount Hermon School, and soon thereafter discovered Unitarian Universalism (UUism), a faith which she has claimed since 1995.
She served two UU congregations for a total of over 15 years as Director of Religious Education, a ministry in which she honed her gifts as an imaginative, engaging storyteller; and as a spiritual leader who regularly designed and held sacred space with warmth, authenticity, and just the right dose of humor. You’ll find several videos of Martha here, doing her favorite part of that work.
Martha comes to Vermont Celebrants in large part through taking up backpacking, a dream deferred by over two decades! Her first solo trip of three days along Vermont’s Long Trail crystallized in her the clarity and courage to respond to her heart’s curiosity and passion by creating Vermont Celebrants.
A lifelong singer, Martha sings with Social Band. She also loves gardening, wordplay, home design and improvement, running, hiking, and woodworking.
Martha lives in a yellow bungalow in Burlington’s Old North End with her spouse, Lucy, and their cat, Dandylion.
Martha is a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® through the Celebrant Foundation & Institute.
She is ordained through American Marriage Ministries, granting her full authority to legally solemnize weddings in the state of Vermont. States’ marriage laws vary, and as Martha serves much of New England, she is happy to find out what your location requires.