Reverend Bruce Carey Taylor

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Rev. Bruce attended the Andover Newton Theological School, and was ordained in 2009. As part of his pastoral education, Rev. Bruce ministered to the patient and staff population of Fletcher Allen Health Care Center in Burlington, Vermont, where he engaged hospital patients and their families in pastoral conversation and prayer as they faced serious illness, served as an on-call chaplain, and led televised, interfaith Sunday services in the hospital chapel.

Rev. Bruce also developed adult RE curricula on Transcendentalism and Howard Thurman, the African American theologian and philosopher of radical non-violence whose ideas greatly influenced the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr.

After his ordination, Rev. Bruce went on to serve as part-time minister for the First Parish Church in Billerica from 2010 to 2015, where, in addition to the traditional duties of ministry, he led a strategic planning effort for church growth. Rev. Bruce has also served as part-time minister for the Ashby First Parish Church, the First Universalist Society of Wakefield, the First Church of Leominster, and most recently the Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford.

Outside the world of ministry, Rev. Bruce enjoys hiking in the White Mountains and nature photography, and has been a member of the Flute Orchestra of Groton Hill since 1988!

Office Hours: 

TBD

Telephone:

978.562.9180

Email:

Minister@ucmh.org


Cynthia Menard

Director of Religious EducationCynthia Menard

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.


Carolyn McCreary, PhD

Music Director

Carolyn comes to UCMH with many years of experience as a Unitarian Universalist music leader.  She served as the music director at UUCM in Milford, NH for 9 years, was the volunteer music director at AUUF in Auburn, Alabama, and founded The Artemis Singers, a woman’s chorus at her home church, FCU in Littleton, MA.

She spent most of her career, however, as a professor of mathematics and computer science, being tenured at Auburn University.

Carolyn’s passion for UU values has led her to become an activist in several ways.  She volunteers in her hometown, Ayer, being a former a member of the Select Board and now on the building committee for a new Senior Center.  She is also a co-founder of Eco-Nuclear Solutions, an advocacy group supporting nuclear energy as a carbon-free, reliable energy source.


Reverend Alice Anacheka-Nasemann
Reverend Emerita

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 five years, co-founding UCMH’s Spiritual Growth and Community 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-author of four curricula for children published online 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.

In addition, 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 also is quite proud of the Compostela certificate she received after walking 300 miles on pilgrimage on El Camino de Santiago in Spain—which she found to be quite a challenge to her natural skills.

Rev. Alice lives in Hudson with her family. In her spare time, she enjoys walking her dog in the woods, dancing, playing games, and reading.

Office hours:
Office hours are by appointment only. Please call or email to request an appointment.

Telephone:
978.562.9180

Email:
Revalice@ucmh.org

Sample Sermons:
Lessons from the Web of Life
Lessons from an Elf


 

Stephen M. Shick

Reverend Stephen M. Shick
Minister Emeritus

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 a nursing faculty emerita at the University of Massachusetts Boston. They have three grown children: Dora, Michael, and Sarah.

Video:
Momentary Meditations


IMG_20220920_131917031Christine Towle
Office and Communications Administrator
A native of Pittsburgh, Chris has lived in Massachusetts for most of her adult life. She currently resides in Hudson with her husband Jon, two adult children, and two geriatric-but-still-energetic cats. When she’s not managing things at UCMH she can often be found at Target, where she doubles as Inbound Team Lead. She also teaches a recreational adult ballet class in Wayland once a week. In her free time, Chris enjoys studying Japanese and catching up with her language exchange partners.

 

Office Hours:
Tuesdays 10-4, afternoons by appointment, always available by email.

Telephone:
978.562.9180

 

Email:
administrator@ucmh.org

 
 
Antonio Andrade
Sexton
A native of Portugal and longtime resident of Hudson, Tony is the “man behind the curtain” who keeps our historic building shipshape.

 

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