Reverend Aaron Stockwell, Senior Minister

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The Rev. Aaron M. Stockwell has served as the senior minister of First Parish since August 2020. He is a mostly lifelong resident of Massachusetts except for five years where he served as a minister in Kansas and Texas. His home congregation, the First Parish Church of Groton, ordained Rev. Aaron in June 2015. He is in Full Fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist minister. Rev. Aaron holds degrees from Lesley University and Andover Newton Theological School.

He lives in Framingham with his fiancée Lizzie and their dog Nox. He explores local conservation land with the above-mentioned beings, cooks with ingredients found at local farmers’ markets, and recently took up small boat sailing. All of that helps him feel connected to this beautiful and broken world in which we live. His passions for congregational life include creating meaningful worship services, teaching how to read poetry as a spiritual practice, and unlocking the metaphors of our world for communal resilience and leadership.

Learn more about Rev. Aaron here.

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Elizabeth Murphy, Ministerial Intern

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Elizabeth Murphy is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Meadville Lombard Theological School, a Unitarian Universalist seminary in Chicago. She will be with First Parish for two years as a ministerial intern. Most recently Elizabeth served as Social Justice Coordinator at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven, MA. Her work included developing the New Bedford Immigrant Support Network, an immigrant accompaniment effort partnering volunteer drivers with local people seeking transportation to Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) check-ins and court hearings. In March 2020 her work pivoted to COVID-19 relief efforts. She lead the congregation to help build a robust program delivering food and personal supplies to hundreds of local families facing both COVID-19 diagnoses and food insecurity.

Prior to starting on the path to ministry, Elizabeth worked as an independent college advisor for 15 years. She has served in many volunteer capacities over the years with a focus on local public education, immigration justice, and climate justice. At her home congregation in Fairhaven Elizabeth has served on the Membership Committee and the Social Justice Leadership Team. Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Dartmouth College. She loves spending time outdoors, especially in the mountains or at the beach. Elizabeth lives in Dartmouth, Massachusetts with her husband Keith and their two teenagers, Connor and Natalie.

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Reverend Mr. Barb Greve, Affiliated Community Minister

The Rev. Mr. Barb Greve earned his Masters of Divinity at Starr King School for the Ministry in 2007 and was credentialed as a Master Level Religious Educator by the UUA in 2011. From August 2017 – June 2020 he served as Co-Moderator to the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. At present, he serves as a hospice chaplain with Vitas Healthcare and sits on the board of Meadville Lombard Theological School. He has served as an intentional interim/consulting director of lifespan religious education to multiple Unitarian Universalist congregations. Barb has been a member of First Parish in Framingham throughout his life, and signed the membership book as a teen on May 25, 1986. Rev. Mr. Barb was ordained by First Parish on May 31, 2020. He is the new Affiliated Community Minister of First Parish in Framingham.

 

Dean Arvidson, Acting Music Director & Director of Handbell Choir

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Dean is a long time member of First Parish, and a former member of the First Parish Senior Choir. He has been the Acting Music Director since 2020, leading online rehearsals and combining music video recordings to share during our online services. He leads the Bell Choir, which practices each Monday night, year-round and the Bell Choir usually provides music for regular services each month.

Dean is a Composer / Performer, teaches several instruments privately, and is the Pianist for Temple Beth Am. Dean started playing piano in 1962 and now plays a lot of different instruments; his main focus is piano.

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Rebecca Crawford, Director of Religious Exploration

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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 and on 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 partner Matt Crawford and their two children, William and Abigail.

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Sara Morrison Neil, Church Administrator & Membership Coordinator

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She has served as Church Administrator & Membership Coordinator since 2014. You may contact Sara about membership, First Parish publications, buildings, grounds, weddings or rentals. Sara helped build the Diversity & Equity Exploration Team as part of strengthening our welcoming congregation. Sara has been a member since 2010, and her son has participated in the RE program since he was two. 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 thirty years in volunteer management, administration, communications, education programming and event planning. Her previous positions were at the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, The Contemplative Mind in Society and AIDS Action Committee.
Sara has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Earlham College in Indiana, and a Masters degree in Public Administration from UMass Amherst. She lives with her partner Pat and son Nathan (and cats Evie and Gizmo and the fish) in Framingham and enjoys reading, Sudbury Valley Trustee trails, and kayaking.

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Minister Emeritus, The Reverend Dr. Charles A. Gaines
Minister Emeritus, The Reverend Dr. Patrick O’Neill
Director of Religious Education Emerita, Carol M. Greve