Our Ministers and Staff
Reverend Tracey Robinson-Harris
Reverend Robinson-Harris will begin serving as interim minister August 15, 2018. This will be her sixth interim ministry; she is very experienced in leading congregations through the changes that come along with moving from one settled minister to another.
The Reverend Robinson-Harris received her MDiv and her Doctorate in Divinity (DMin) from Vanderbilt Divinity School in the 80’s. She had a settled ministry as the Associate Minister at the Community Church of New York UU from 1988-1995. She was a religious educator and she worked for the UUA for nearly 15 years.
Tracey has been very active in social justice causes including being a part of an interfaith clergy group involved in support for Black Lives Matter, and is currently a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA) Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Committee charged to monitor and assess the UUA’s progress toward becoming an anti-racist, anti-oppressive multicultural faith community
When Tracey isn’t preaching, she and her dance partner participate in regional and national ballroom dance competitions. In the world of ballroom, she is what’s known as a ten-dancer; waltz, tango, foxtrot, Viennese waltz, and quickstep (the Standard dances), cha cha, samba, rumba, paso doble, and jive (the Latin dances).
Claudia Keyian, Director of Music
Claudia Keyian began her work as Music Director of First Parish in January of 2015. She directs the First Parish Choir, accompanies them on piano and organ, and sings solos. She also directs the Chalice Choir.
She is an accomplished pianist, organist, singer, choral conductor and piano teacher. Claudia feels fortunate to make her living as a musician. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree, with a major in piano, minors in both organ and voice and a concentration in choral conducting at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. Claudia is thrilled to serve on the UUMN’s Conference Planning Committee. Claudia lives in Salisbury, MA, with her two dogs: Tucker and Louise.Contact
Dean Arvidson, Director of Handbell Choir
Dean is a long time member of First Parish, and a former member of the First Parish Senior Choir. He leads the Bell Choir, which practices each Monday night, year-round and the Bell Choir provides music for regular services each month. Dean is a Composer / Performer, teaches several instruments privately, and is the Pianist for Temple Beth Am’s High Holy Days. Dean started playing piano in 1962 and now plays a lot of different instruments the main focus being piano. He is very glad to continue to work with the First Parish Music Staff.Contact
Rebecca Crawford, Director of Religious Exploration
Rebecca Crawford served on the Religious Exploration Council at First Parish as a member for several years, and as Acting DRE before becoming the permanent Director of Religious Exploration. She has spent the last 15 years creating dynamic programming for youth and families in a variety of capacities, most recently at the USS Constitution Museum in Boston as the Manager of Academic and Family Programs. Rebecca earned a Masters of Arts degree in Art + Design Education from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Smith College. She serves on the Board of Trustees at Summit Montessori School in Framingham and the Old State House Education Committee. Rebecca enjoys volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America Pack 12 in Framingham and with the Auction Committee here at First Parish. She resides in Framingham with her husband Matt Crawford and their two children, William and Abigail.Contact
Sara Morrison Neil, Church Administrator & Membership Coordinator
Contact Sara about First Parish publications, buildings, grounds, weddings and rentals or membership.
Sara has been a member since 2010, and her son has participated in the RE program since he was 2. Sare loved teaching Holy Days and Holidays to the 3/4 grade class, before joining the staff in 2011 as Membership Coordinator. Her passion to help others and make a difference in the world has led her to work in the non-profit sector for over twenty years in volunteer management, communications, education programming and event planning. She lives with her husband and son (and Dakota and the fish) in Framingham and enjoys a mother’s book club, gardening, bicycling and the Saxonville Lake.
Sara has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Earlham College in Indiana, and a Masters degree in Public Administration from UMass Amherst.