Kia grew up in California, began composing at the age of six, and had her work first performed when she was eighteen. She obtained a Master's degree in composition from Mills College, where she studied with renowned French composer Darius Milhaud, and recieved a Ph.D in Composition from the University of Washington. She has written forty-two operas - thirty of them for children - all of which have been performed. Many were commissioned by the Shoreline School district and written on historical themes; a recent one, for example, depicted the life of Benjamin Franklin. Dr. Sams' compositions are available for download at: carolsams.com
Meighan Pritchard is delighted to be serving as pastor at Prospect Congregational UCC, first as interim minister from March 2012 - June 2014, and as settled pastor effective July 1, 2014. Meighan received her master of divinity degree in 2010 from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. In 2011, she served as sabbatical supply minister at University Congregational United Church of Christ in Seattle. Prior to seminary, Meighan was an editor, an elementary music teacher, a church handbell choir director, and administrative support at Seattle Symphony for both the education department and the Seattle Symphony Chorale. In 2006, she joined CrossWalk America to walk from Phoenix, Arizona to Washington, D.C., talking about progressive Christianity as articulated in the Phoenix Affirmations. The book Asphalt Jesus, by Rev. Dr. Eric Elnes, and the film Asphalt Gospel, directed by Scott Griessel, document this trip. A year at Sightline Institute, a sustainability think tank, sharpened Meighan’s desire to work on environmental challenges from within the faith community.