Our Minister and Staff
Anne brings a deep passion for ministry to her position as Senior Minister at First Parish. Her journey through life has taken her to unexpected places, but she has always maintained her spiritual connection as a foundational core of who she is. Becoming a Unitarian Universalist Minister has been a journey of joy and discovery, … Continued
“My passion is education; my mission is to support people in discovering how they can best love the world and in turn, be loved for all that they are. The ministry I am called to do is to develop strong multigenerational faith communities, who then live that out through learning, worship, and justice work.” Lisa … Continued
Rip Jackson is a conductor, singer, composer and keyboardist who specializes in both classical repertoire and music theater. After attending a performing arts high school in Atlanta where he specialized in dance and choreography, he went on to study music history, piano, harpsichord and organ at Florida State University (Bachelors), Emory University (Masters) and Case Western Reserve University (doctoral work). … Continued
Jane Foley is our Parish Administrator. She comes to First Parish with a varied background in administrative work, including as the administrative assistant of a state-run trust company for small Massachusetts businesses and as Membership Director at First Parish in Concord. Jane is a member of the UU church in Melrose, where she is currently co-chair of the … Continued
Bob has been Maintenance Coordinator of First Parish since 2008. His vast experience in building repair, cleaning, property management, and moving helps to keep First Parish running smoothly and efficiently.
Katie Camire joined the First Parish staff in April 2016 as Youth Coordinator. Katie comes to us with a deep commitment to working with children and youth, which began at her first job in a YMCA after-school program when she was 15. After finding the UU Church of Reading several years ago, she immediately felt … Continued
Helen Lutton Cohen, Minister Emerita of the First Parish in Lexington, MA, grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where her family was active in the First Unitarian Congregational Church. She attended Sunday School there and was presented her graduation certificate by Sophia Lyons Fahs, the national director of Religious Education for the American Universalist Association. She … Continued