The Rev. Kali Fyre discovered Unitarian Universalism through the CUUPs group at her home congregation, which prompted her to co-found the Meadville Pagans and Allies student group while in seminary. Kali graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, where she was a Roy B. Wintersteen scholar.
You can read more about Kali at the “meet our minister” page on this website.
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.
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.
Austin Klipp’s philosophy of music “is that it can touch all people in different ways – facilitating joyful group experiences as well as deeply personal ones .” He wants to do all he can to share his musical gifts and talents with others. Austin studied classical piano extensively while growing up, graduated from Grove City College in 2007. Since that time he has spent a lot of time exploring different jazz stylings on the piano, and singing with various small and large choruses. He has also studied as a vocalist with the Celia Slattery Voice and Performance Studio in Somerville. Austin has strong piano skills in varied styles – from improvising pop/rock songs at request shows, to expressive jazz arrangements, to leading hymns at church and accompanying choirs.
Austin has always enjoyed “putting himself out there” and exploring new challenging opportunities. Some highlights have included co-writing a one-act musical “mash-up” while in college, performing Afro-Cuban and Brazilian jazz in Brookline and Cambridge, singing in Boston Symphony Hall with a large classical chorus and orchestra. This past year he was featured regularly at a dueling piano bar in Foxboro and developed a repertoire of close to 200 pop/rock songs that he can play and sing at a moment’s notice. He lives in Charlestown with easy access to Route 93.