Our Staff


Rev. Lara Hoke, Minister

The Rev. Lara Hoke has been the consulting 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.

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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