Sunday Service: Dorothea Dix


Sunday, March 29th                                      Dorothea Dix                                    Rev. Julie-Ann Silberman-Bunn

This sermon will explore the life and ‘ministry’ of a remarkable Unitarian woman whose tireless efforts transformed the face of mental health care in America. More than a century later, let us see the transformation she inspired by her deep belief in human dignity. Followed by a brief exploration of what has happened in mental health care in the time since her ministry.


Reverend Julie-Ann Silberman-Bunn is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, who has served as a Parish Minister, Religious Educator, Hospice Chaplain and now a Hospital Chaplain at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, MA, since her ordination in 1992. An author of chapters in Everyday Spiritual Practice and Living a Call Julie-Ann. Julie-Ann and her husband Ken are empty nesters who have recently made a move to their forever home  a cabin in the woods of Western Massachusetts. Their sons Adam and Ian 31 and 26 respectively currently live in Philadelphia and St. John’s Newfoundland.