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FPS welcomes Chris Scheller to lead children and youth

Chris SchellerWe are excited to announce that we have a new DRE: Chris Scheller.

He started on August 24 and is busy preparing for the year, with great ideas and experience, great energy and a wealth of resources.

Here is an article from Chris. Please share this news with your families and friends, and welcome him warmly!

Greetings from the New Director of Religious Education

The new church year is almost upon us, and so I am excited to be introducing myself as the new Director of Religious Education at First Parish Sudbury. I hope to get a chance to meet you in the coming weeks, and I am especially looking forward to meeting all of you between 0 – 18 years old. If you are between 0 – 18 years old, I will have the pleasure of supporting you in your own unique journey and UU faith formation for all of our religious education classes on Sunday morning, as well as for our Senior High Youth Group.

When will you meet me in person? On September 13th, I will be helping to lead our church service with Rev. Marjorie, and around after the service for the church picnic to meet everyone. I will also be available to meet you over a light breakfast on September 27th at 9am, right before church. The first day of religious education classes will be September 20th. If you’re in the Senior Youth Group, I’ll be in touch to introduce myself and schedule our first get-together. If you want to be in the group and don’t hear from me, please let me know.

We have a fun and exciting year ahead, and I hope you will be a part of it! If you are interested in volunteering as a teacher or helper in our religious education program, please contact me directly at to let me know. Additionally, in the next few weeks, I am hoping to contact all of our families that might want to participate in the religious education program this year by phone. If your family is interested in participating in the RE program this year and you don’t hear from me, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me by email with any questions, and we can schedule a time to talk.

A bit about me…I come to you from the Unitarian Church of Sharon, where I completed a ministerial internship this past June with a focus on religious education and lifespan learning. I have led the Senior Youth Group at the Unitarian Church of Sharon for three years, and have been developing and leading religious education for over five years. Before that, I was working on my Master of Divinity degree at Harvard, which I received in 2009. I am a Candidate for Unitarian Universalist Ministry seeking ordination. My research focus at Harvard was on the integration of Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation into the field of Psychology, adapted for both youth and adults in the modern world. I also currently teach meditation at both Babson College and Olin College. I live in Winchester with my wife, Elizabeth, and two-year-old daughter, Kimberly.

I look forward to journeying with you together,

Chris Scheller