On August 15, 2014, the Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris began her two year interim ministry with First Church. Her previous Interim Ministries have been with the First Unitarian Church of Worcester, MA, the First Parish of Sudbury, MA and the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleboro, MA. In 2009-10 she served as a UUA consultant for Ethics in Congregational Life and for JUUST Change Consultancy (focusing on anti-racism, anti-oppression, multiculturalism). She was the Director for Congregational Services with the UUA from July 2002 through June 2009. She joined the UUA staff in November 1995 as the Deputy Director for Congregational, District and Extension Services. Tracey came to the UUA staff from a ministry with the Community Church of New York in Manhattan (1988-1995).
As Director for Congregational Services, Tracey’s ministry involved support for congregations of all sizes. During her tenure, the staff of Congregational Services offered resources, programs, leadership development and consultation in Congregational Stewardship; Congregational Growth and Best Practices; Marketing Outreach and Hospitality; Young Adult and Campus Ministry; Anti Racism, Anti Oppression and Multiculturalism; Ethics and Safety in Congregational Life; Services to Large Congregations.
Her educational background includes Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity degrees from Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, TN and a certificate from the UUA Independent Study Program for Ministry of Religious Education (now part of Meadville Lombard Theological School.)
Raised a Southern Baptist, Tracey discovered Unitarian Universalism during high school with the help of a friend and a class in World Religions.
Tracey’s husband, the Rev. George Robinson, died unexpectedly in 2002. She has two stepdaughters, Lenora and Jennifer. She lives in Ashby, MA in an old New England farmhouse (formerly the parsonage for the First Parish Church). She enjoys working on her old house. She also loves to spend time in Yellowstone National Park and traveling to special places in Alaska and Iceland.
Her spiritual practice is dance. She is a ballroom dancer – dancing standard and latin (5 dances in each style). She competes regionally several times a year and nationally when she can.
Ellen McGuire has been organist and music director at First Church since 1979. She particularly enjoys playing the beautiful 1854 Hook mechanical-action organ and creating music with her choir of volunteers who love to sing.
Kimberly Wootan has been a religious educator for the last 17 years. Her main goal is to create a beloved, intergenerational community. She believes this can be accomplished best through social justice work, but also sees ministry in playing games and reading stories with children.
She now attends Boston University School of Theology. Her three sons are also in college which makes for lively discussions about the meaning of life, the cosmos and educational debt around the dinner table! She enjoys knitting, hiking and gardening, but most of the time her nose is stuck in a book.
Rev. Marshall Hawkins is a community minister who works as an editor for the Unitarian Universalist Association—the denominational headquarters located in Boston. He came to First Church as a ministerial intern in 2001 and never left! The congregation ordained Marshall in 2003, and voted to endorse his ministry and accept his affiliation.
Before working at the UUA, Marshall spent five years serving as a hospice chaplain.
Marshall often provides ministerial coverage at First Church when Rev. Terry Burke is away, is a member of the Social Action Group, and is one of the delegates from First Church to the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.
Rev. Jason Lydon served the Community Church of Boston for the last seven years and comes to us as a community minister focused in prison abolition organizing and LGBTQ prisoner support. Jason is a non-theistic humanist, raised in UU congregations, and passionate about the connections between theology and justice. Jason is available for pastoral support, strategizing for justice, and is an excellent movie going companion. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.