Reverend Alice Anacheka-Nasemann
Office hours: Tuesdays, 9:30-12:30, Wednesdays, 12:30-3:30 and by 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 has also served as an intern or student minister at churches in Fredonia, Hamburg, East Aurora, and Rochester, NY. Rev. Alice discovered her call to the ministry as a young adult while serving as the Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta. She also served as the Director of Religious Education for this congregation for 4 years, while finishing her MDiv degree.
Her undergraduate work at Friends World College included internships working with homeless, orphaned, disabled and gifted children in locations from NYC to Kenya to Nicaragua.
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 two homeschooled children, a dog and two cats.
Rev. Alice’s web based curriculum are:
Director of Lifelong Learning
Deborah comes to us with more than 20 years of experience in faith formation work, including 6 years working as a congregational consultant, supporting multigenerational faith formation ministries in Unitarian Universalist congregations. She has served the Clara Barton and Massachusetts Bay Districts, as well as, the UU congregations of Stoughton and Harvard, MA.
Her diverse experience is well suited to the dual tasks of leading our Children/Youth Ministries and satisfying the faith formation and spiritual needs of the adult population through the Spiritual Growth Center. She is eager to partner with the church’s children, adults, and neighbors to grow people of well-articulated faith, who value spiritual practice, realize justice-seeking and right relationship practice as a moral imperative, and understand the transformational promise of a multigenerational religious community.
As she begins her role as the Director of Lifelong Learning, Deborah aims to create intentional experiences that inspire all ages to live lives of authenticity, spirit, and justice-making.
Music and Choir Director
Carole Graves serves as a Music and Choir Director here at the First Church Unitarian of Marlboro-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
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.