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Rev. Rebecca’s schedule:
Rev. Rebecca is available for pastoral care and other one-on-one meetings Wednesday – Friday from 8am through 7pm. Rev. Rebecca is available any time for pastoral emergencies. Her writing day is Tuesday and her Sabbath day is Monday.
To schedule time with Rev. Rebecca, email RevRebecca.Bryan@frsuu.org
For pastoral emergencies contact her on her cell at 860-882-9410
The Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan joyfully accepted the call to serve as the settled minister at the First Religious Society starting in August 2018. She is the congregation’s first settled female minister.
Rev. Rebecca serves as member of the Diversity Equity Inclusion Task Force for the City of Newburyport, Chair of the Greater Newburyport Clergy Association and as the UUA Director on the Massachusetts Convention of Congregational Ministers.
Rev. Rebecca has been a Unitarian Universalist for forty years. She is committed to sharing the good news of UUism through congregational life, preaching and denominational engagement. Some of her additional areas of focus include interfaith partnerships, addictions ministry and spiritual direction. Rev. Rebecca aspires to live her life and fulfill her ministry guided by Love and the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism.
Rev. Rebecca is a 2015 graduate of Andover Newton Theological School where she was
awarded membership into the Jonathan Edwards Honor Society and was the recipient of the Unitarian Universalist James Luther Adams Award for Excellence in the Study of Liberal Theology and the Gabriel Fackre Award for Excellence in Constructive Theology.
She was ordained into the fellowship of Unitarian Universalist ministers after a long and rewarding career in the nonprofit sector. She worked in the field of fundraising and organizational development for over twenty-five years including operating her own consulting business helping nonprofits with capital campaigns, annual and planned giving and organizational development.
Before coming to the First Religious Society, Rev. Rebecca served as the Interim Senior Minister for First Parish in Brookline, MA and contract minister for the Unitarian Universalist Parish in Monson, MA.
Julie Parker Amery
Director of Faith Formation and Spiritual Exploration
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Julie Parker Amery joined the staff of the First Religious Society as the Director of Religious Education in 2000 and moved into the position of Director of Faith Formation and Spiritual Exploration in 2019. In this capacity, she works in both youth (teenager) and adult ministries, ensuring a robust selection of faith formation offerings that include opportunities for spiritual growth, UU identity formation, social justice learning, and community connection. She has worked within the denomination in various capacities since the late 1980s and is also trained as a spiritual director, working both with individuals and with groups. Julie and her family live in Amesbury, where she covers lots of ground on walks with their dogs. She loves to cook, eat, jog, write, read, hike and sing along to musicals with her daughter.
Religious Education Assistant
Director of Children's Ministry
Mara Flynn joined the staff of the First Religious Society as Director of
Children’s Ministry in 2019. She brings years of experience in theater,
music and education and is committed to fostering community, selfawareness and empathy, and the exploration of social justice as a spiritual
Mara holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to over
20 years teaching and directing workshops for various organizations
(Tannery Arts Camp, Theater in the Open) she was co-director at Acting
Out in Newburyport, MA where she taught improv based theater and
performance workshops for 15 years. As a singer-songwriter, Mara has
released three solo albums on Burst and Bloom Records; her last album,
“Good Hands” was released in 2016.
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Justin Murphy-Mancini joined the staff of the First Religious Society as Director of Church Music in 2019. He joyfully oversees the church’s musical offerings, directs the Adult Choir, and performs on the organ, harpsichord, and piano.
Justin balances a commitment to building community through church music with an active performing and composing career. Over the past 15 years, he has served UU, UCC, and Episcopal congregations from Western Massachusetts to San Diego, wearing a variety of hats from choir director to vocal coach to concert impresario.
As a keyboardist, Justin has appeared in concert performing music from the High Middle Ages to world premieres of solo and ensemble music. He can be heard on recorded releases on the Acis, Marginal Frequency, and Another Timbre labels. Justin has written solo, chamber, choral, and orchestral music in a wide variety of idioms for both amateur and professional musicians. He is currently focused on developing long-term collaborative relationships with individual instrumentalists and singers across the US and Canada.
Justin grew up in Wilbraham, MA, where he began studying piano and organ from an early age. He earned a BM in Organ Performance and Composition, a BA in Philosophy, and a MM in Historical Keyboards from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Jack Mitchener, Marie-Louise Langlais, Webb Wiggins, Steven Plank, and many others. He completed his Ph.D. in Composition at UC San Diego under the advisement of Dr. Katharina Rosenberger.
In 2010, Kristen Miller became our Director of Youth Music. She has a broad range of training and experience working with students of all ages, in both choral and instrumental settings. She brings a spiritual approach to music and believes that every student is capable of using music as an artistic and spiritual vehicle, regardless of ability level.
Kristen holds a Kodaly Educator Certificate, Level III, and she has developed choral programs at the Rye Country Day School and the Buker School of Hamilton and Wenham. From 2006 to 2010 she served as the instrumental director at The Governor’s Academy in Byfield. Kristen is also a professional cellist and singer, and she has released three CDs. For more about Kristen’s performing career, visit www.kristenmillermusic.com.
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm
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Diane is the person to contact for room reservations and rentals. She handles our bookkeeping, scheduling, and all office activity. Hers is the first face you’ll see in the office.