Rev. Marjorie has traveled the world, is a self proclaimed geek having worked in technology for years, and more recently has pursued her doctorate and standing as a scholar she writes: “I believe whole-heartedly that each life is a journey from birth to the grave with the potential of living in a genuine, open-minded and open-hearted way in between! As we live these lives, that we have been gifted, we find opportunities to share our personal experiences along the way. This sharing with another is our way to connect and cultivate meaning in our lives. Each experience that we encounter adds to the collective whole, each experience is hand crafted, refined with care, compassion, and love. Each of our life stories reveals who we are, our wisdom, and our deeper humanity. My call as a minister is to help those in my care to realize our place in the order of things and to call each of us, including myself, to embrace the potential to become our best transcendent selves.”
Be present, be mindful, take care and love one another – this is our call to shared ministry.
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.
Debra Morris-Bennett has been the Music Director and Organist at the First Parish of Sudbury for the past 21 years. She received a M.M. degree in Organ Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. During her tenure at First Parish she has enjoyed exploring the wide range of choral literature—both sacred and secular—that the Unitarian Universalist service embraces. Some of the diverse works performed with the First Parish Choir over past seasons include Henry Mollicone’s Beatitude Mass for the Homeless, Missa Gaia by Paul Winter and Jim Scott, Acquaintance With Nature by Gwyneth Walker, a collaboration with Celtic harpist Áine Minogue entitled “A Celtic Harvest,” and lesser known choral works of Johannes Brahms, selections of Aaron Copland, John Rutter’s Requiem, Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Irish choral music, Gabriel Faure’s Requiem, and Dietrich Buxtehude’s Cantate Domini.
We are First Parish of Sudbury, a diverse and welcoming community of spiritual seekers; we strive to learn together and support one another as we celebrate life's important moments and serve the larger community.