Sermons from the 2015-2016 church year at First Parish
Justine Sullivan is a candidate for the Unitarian Universalist Ministry and is our Ministerial Intern, beginning in the fall of 2015 and serving and learning through June of 2017. Justine is pursuing her Master of Divinity degree at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago through Meadville’s Touchpoint program, which requires travel to Chicago only a few times each year.
Justine is a member of the UU congregation in Northborough, Massachusetts, where she lives with her spouse Dale. Justine and Dale have been together since 1986 and legally married since 2004. Justine has been a social worker and psychotherapist for the past 20 years and has worked as a congregational consultant and facilitator throughout New England. In addition to serving in leadership positions in her home congregation, Justine served as president of the Clara Barton district board from 2012 to 2015
Matt Meyer is an artist of percussion, knowledgeable and experienced in a variety of styles, including latin-jazz, Brazilian, folk, funk, Hiphop and pop. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and has studied in Cuba, Ghana, and Central America.
Reverend Anita has been a Unitarian Universalist minister for over 20 years, serving as the settled minister of Unitarian Universalist congregations in Canton, MA and Swampscott, MA, and currently serves as the interim minister in Northborough, MA
The Rev. John Gibb Millspaugh is nationally known (within Unitarian Universalism) for organizing 400 congregations to pass a UUA Statement of Conscience on food and environmental justice, for helping to develop one of the most popular TEDx Talks of all time, and for his national keynotes and workshops ranging from an hour to four days, all about the spirituality and practice of leadership.
John joins us from Medford, Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife Sarah and their four-year-old son. John began his work for Unitarian Universalism serving in the office of the President from 1997-2001 as he earned a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Since then his experiences have included serving UU congregations as a UU minister in California and Massachusetts for eleven years, and as District/Regional Director of Congregational Development for New England for two years.
Although John occasionally has to write about himself in the third person, he prefers amateur photography (which opens his perception to the beauty always nearby), playing guitar for his son (who is too young to let poor musical technique interfere with joy), performing magic (starting at age four and still fooling no one), meditating regularly (or at least regularly--and quite seriously--planning to meditate as soon as today, or no later than tomorrow or the day after), and most of all, authentic conversation with open-minded people who share an interest in lifelong learning and in serving something larger than themselves.
The Reverend Ellen Rowse Spero has served as our minister since August, 2002.
Ellen is a graduate of Brandeis University, University of Maryland (with an M.Ed in Special Education) and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. She has served as the Assistant Minister at the First Parish in Lexington, MA, and as the Interim Minister at Hope United Church of Christ in Alexandria, VA. Before entering the ministry, she was a special education teacher in Alexandria, Virginia. She grew up as a Unitarian Universalist, attending the First Church Unitarian in Littleton, MA.