Our Minister and Staff
Reverend Tracey Robinson-Harris
Reverend Robinson-Harris started serving as interim minister August 15, 2018. This is 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).
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 is Director of Development at Summit Montessori School in Framingham anon the board of the Old State House Education Committee. Rebecca enjoys volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America Pack and Girl Scouts 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. Sara 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 partner and son (and Evie and the fish) in Framingham and enjoys reading, Sudbury Valley Trustee trails, and the Saxonville Beach.
Sara has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Earlham College in Indiana, and a Masters degree in Public Administration from UMass Amherst.