Ministers & Staff
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.
- 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:
- 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 Santigao in Spain—which she found to be quite a challenge to her natural skills.
Rev. Alice lives in Hudson with her spouse, Alan, their home-schooled teenager, a dog, and two cats. They’re all delighted to welcome her young adult home for college breaks. In her spare time she enjoys walks in the woods, contra dancing, live action role play, and reading.
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.
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.
Substitute Music Director
Robin was our organist from 2008-2012 and has been a sub for us many times over the years, so we’re delighted to have her back.
Robin is a native of Massachusetts and a lifelong musician. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from UMASS Dartmouth, 1993. After being an engineer for 8 years she changed careers and attended Santa Rosa Junior College in California.
Robin owns Metro Music, a travelling music lesson company based in Sudbury, MA where she lives with her husband and 3 children. Her 4th and eldest child, 21, has flown the coop to be an accountant. Robin looks forward to being back home at UCMH.
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.
Communications and Publicity Director