Ministers & Staff
Reverend Alice Anacheka-Nasemann
Office hours: Rev. Alice generally works in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and works from home other days of the week. Mondays are her Sabbath day. Please call or email to make an appointment.
The Reverend Alice Anacheka-Nasemann is an honors graduate of Andover Newton Theological School. Prior to her current position, she served as the Associate Minister of this congregation for 5 years, establishing the Spiritual Growth Center during that time. She received her call to the ministry from a religious educator’s background and has served this congregation and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta as a Director of Religious Education.
Rev. Alice is the co-president of the Greater Marlborough-Hudson Interfaith Alliance and is passionate about building bridges and coalitions to strengthen communities and work for justice. She also serves as a Good Officer for the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association Clara Barton District.
Rev. Alice is proud to be a certified Laughter Yoga instructor, which she considers to be a very apt development of her natural skills. She is also quite proud of the Compostela certificate she received after walking 300 miles on pilgrimage on El Camino de Santigao in Spain — which she found to be quite a challenge to her natural skills. In addition, Rev. Alice is the co-author of 4 curricula for children published on-line by the Unitarian Universalist Association as part of their Tapestry of Faith curriculum initiative: Moral Tales, Faithful Journeys, Love Will Guide Us, and World of Wonder.
She lives in Hudson with her spouse, Alan, their homeschooled daughter, a dog and two cats. They’re all delighted to welcome her son home for college breaks. In her spare time she enjoys walks in the woods, contra dancing, live action role play, and reading.
Rev. Alice’s web based curriculum are:
- Moral Tales: http://www.uua.org/religiouseducation/curricula/tapestryfaith/moraltales/index.shtml
- Faithful Journeys: http://www.uua.org/religiouseducation/curricula/tapestryfaith/faithfuljourneys/index.shtml
- Love Will Guide Us: http://www.uua.org/religiouseducation/curricula/tapestryfaith/lovewill/index.shtml
- World of Wonder: http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/wonder/index.shtml
Director of Lifelong Learning
Cynthia has worked in non-formal education for more than 20 years, teaching environmental and experiential education to groups of all ages, experiences, and abilities. During that time, she worked as a Camp Director, Naturalist, River Guide, Ropes Course Manager, and Experiential Educator, among other roles.
She is deeply spiritual, finding her sacred space in the natural world, and has been a practicing Wiccan for many years. She is ordained clergy by the Society of Elder Faiths, a Massachusetts-based Pagan Spiritual community, and serves on their Board of Directors.
Cynthia also serves as a Hospice volunteer, certified Reiki practitioner, and plays and teaches violin and fiddle when not at UCMH. She lives in Lunenburg with her two school-age sons, wonderful husband, and a big, bouncy German Shepherd.
Music and Choir Director
Carole Graves serves as a Music and Choir Director the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson. With graduate studies from Yale and Boston Conservatory, she is passionate about teaching music to all ages and helping congregational members express their spirituality through music.
She has extensive experience working as an instrumentalist, music and choir director. Previous engagements include the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Music Initiative Program, the Boston Ballet, Boston Conservatory Ensembles and Choruses and many others. She performs regularly in front of audiences giving solo recitals for numerous venues. She has collaborated with many artists, both vocalists and instrumentalists, for over 2 decades.
She has been a faithful member and contributor to the activities of several musicians’ circle organizations, including the Chopin Musicians’ Club and the Chaminade Musicians’ Clubs in Providence, RI, since 1983. She has been an active participant in the quarterly Music Rating Festivals sponsored by the Rhode Island Music Teacher’s Association where, for more than a decade, panel judges have consistently awarded Ms. Graves with Superior Ratings. She is the First Prize recipient of the prestigious Baldwin Piano RI State Competition in 1990. She is the First Prize winner of the Clavier’s Composer’s Competition in 1992.
Ms. Graves enjoys developing creative programming in the musical arts. She is very active as a Music Director and founder of numerous music festivals in collaborative sponsorship with private and public organizations In previous years, she has developed concerts and festival events for both Boston University and the ARC of Rhode Island. She devotes her time to providing therapeutic music to the elderly as well. She frequently performs for independent facilities, particularly for those suffering with Alzheimer’s, a debilitating neurological condition. She enjoys sharing her expertise and knowledge of music and piano to adults and children and teaches students from her organization, Legato Music Studios, located in Waltham, MA.
Please visit her website for more information, www.CaroleGraves.com
Reverend Stephen M. Shick
Video: Momentary Meditations
Rev. Stephen M. Shick, Senior Minister is an honors graduate of Crozer-Colgate Rochester Theological Seminary. Between 2000 and 2003 he was an Urban Fellow at Harvard Divinity School. He has served congregations in Portland, ME and Haverhill, MA. Before entering the parish he practiced a national ministry as U.S. Program Director for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Director of the Unitarian Universalist Peace Network, and founder and host of Consider the Alternatives, a nationally syndicated radio program.
Rev. Stephen is the author of Be the Change: Poems, Prayers and Meditations for Peacemakers and Justice Seekers, Consider the Lilies, a book of meditations, and Just Congregations, a guide to congregational justice making practices. His writings have appeared in numerous national and local publications. Rev. Stephen also leads seminars on “embodied preaching,” the art of preaching and public speaking without notes or manuscript.
He is married to Dr. JoAnn Mulready-Shick, who is on the nursing faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston. They have three grown children: Dora, Michael, and Sarah.
Communications and Publicity Director