Our Staff

 

Rev. Lara Hoke, Minister

The Rev. Lara Hoke has been the minister of the UUCiA since July 2009. She is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and Cornell University and is a life-long Unitarian Universalist. Lara writes a blog called To whUUm it may concern.

You can read more about Lara at the “meet our minister” page on this website. (Lara is on sabbatical from January 1 – April 30, 2017.)


thea1-107x150Thea Shapiro, DRE

Thea Shapiro is the Director of Religious Education.

I oversee the children’s religious education program and have been a religious educator for more than a decade.

Our program is based on the one room school house approach. Children of all ages work together. We focus on being in community and learning about what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist.

Our youth participate in Our Whole Lives (OWL ) and Coming of Age (COA).

I  volunteer at a middle school camp, Different Drummer at Ferry Beach and I volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club in Lawrence MA.  I am a grade 7-9 Owl facilitator,  a  level two certified Radiant Child Yoga instructor. I teach at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence MA . And I am Interfaith Chaplain; I studied at the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine.

I am also an artist. I live in Andover with my husband, dog and cat.


Georgia Bills, Music Director GeorgiaLBills

We are excited that Georgia Bills has joined our staff this fall!

Georgia has been leading, performing and playing music in various schools, churches, choirs, orchestras, jazz bands, and a cappella groups for many years. Her formal training includes Ithaca College, University of Connecticut, and the Royal College of Music. She returns to UUCiA where she held the same position for several years in the early 90’s. Says Georgia, “My goal at UUCiA is to rock these old rafters with our voices and (sometimes) our dancing feet, and to recharge our souls with the music that we share together”.

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Upcoming Events

Events are held at 6 Locke Street unless otherwise indicated. Questions? Is your event not listed? Please tell us! The deadline for newsletter submissions is Wednesdays at 6pm. See full calendar
  • August 9, 2017
    Summer Potluck

    Complete potluck schedule with locations and contact information is available on the UUCiA Facebook Group:
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    6:00 pm to 8:00 pmBetsy Black home


  • August 10, 2017
    Board Of Directors

    Members and friends of the congregation are always welcome to attend Board meetings.

    Return to the UUCiA…

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    7:15 pm to 8:45 pm6 Locke Street


  • August 13, 2017
    Sunday Service: TBD

    With Sean O'Leary.

    During the summer -- from July 9 to August 27 -- we hold lay-led informal Sunday…

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    9:30 am to 10:30 am6 Locke Street


  • August 16, 2017
    Summer Potluck

    Complete potluck schedule with locations and contact information is available on the UUCiA Facebook Group:
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    6:00 pm to 8:00 pmGail Ensdorf home


  • August 20, 2017
    Sunday Service: TBD

    With Paul Fisher and Sharon Warren.

    During the summer -- from July 9 to August 27 -- we hold…

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    9:30 am to 10:30 am6 Locke Street


  • September 1, 2017
    Pasta Pot Luck

    The Luisis provide the pasta; you bring salad, bread, beverage, dessert, we will gather at 6:30pm and start dinner…

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    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm6 Locke St.


  • September 3, 2017
    No Service Today

    During the summer -- from July 9 to August 27 -- we hold lay-led informal Sunday worship at Locke St. at 9:30…

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    9:30 am to 10:30 am6 Locke Street


  • September 12, 2017
    UU Stitchers

    The UU Stitchers will meet from 7-9 p.m. Join us for stitching and conversation. For more information contact…

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    7:00 pm to 9:00 pmAt various homes


  • September 14, 2017
    Board Of Directors

    Members and friends of the congregation are always welcome to attend Board meetings.

    Return to the UUCiA…

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    7:15 pm to 8:45 pm6 Locke Street