Tanya Cothran

Tanya CothranTanya has been a member of the Toronto First Unitarian Congregation since spring 2015, attending for two years before being ready to sign up. Like many others, she experienced a varied faith path on the way to UU. She grew up attending and leading at many Camps Farthest Out and Journey Farthest Out inter-denominational family camps in California and New Hampshire, which fostered an appreciation for prayer, inter-generational worship, and creative spiritual expression. She was an Advisory Member on the Camps Farthest Out International Board of Directors from 2010-2014. Over the years she has attended Quaker meetings and Presbyterian churches. Tanya was baptized in the United Church of Christ in Minnesota in 2012.

Tanya is a member of the Committee on Ministry at Toronto First, and is chairperson of the planning team for the Southern Ontario Midwinter Retreat. She occasionally advises the youth group, especially in their planning for a social justice trip in summer 2016.

Since 2008, Tanya has run the U.S. not-for-profit organization Spirit in Action. Spirit in Action gives grants in Kenya, Malawi, and Uganda for small family businesses and to community organizations for income-generating projects and savings group formation. She has traveled to eastern Africa twice and is honoured to be able to witness the generosity and determination of SIA’s partners. She is co-editing a book with other granting organizations, called Smart Risks: How small grants are helping to solve some of the world’s biggest problems.