United First Parish Church
(Unitarian)
A member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
1306 Hancock Street, Quincy, Massachusetts

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Rev. Rebecca is called to a pastoral and prophetic ministry where people and communities know themselves to be worthy of love and able to love. Rev. Rebecca began her ministry at United First Parish Church in July 2015, following a unanimous vote of the congregation. Prior to her ministry in Quincy,  Rev. Rebecca served as Assistant Minister at First Universalist Society in Franklin, MA and Intern Minister at Arlington Street Church in Boston, MA. She has also served as Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson, AZ. Rev. Rebecca is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and Vassar College.

Rev. Rebecca grew up in a multifaith, multiracial neighborhood in Philadelphia where she was raised by a father who is a Presbyterian minister and a mother who is Unitarian Universalist. Rev. Rebecca currently lives with her husband Alec Aman at the Lucy Stone Cooperative, an intentional living community in Boston grounded in Unitarian Universalist values and traditions and committed to sustainability, spiritual practice and social change.

Reverend Sheldon Bennett, PhD. - Emeritus

Rev. Bennett retired from his ministry at United First Parish Church in 2012 after serving the Church and community for 25 years. He continues to be active in the community as Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of Quincy Community Action Programs, a member of the Quincy Affordable Housing Trust Fund Committee, President and Trustee of the Unitarian Universalist Service Pension Society, and Moderator of the Massachusetts Convention of Congregational Ministers. Interests include classical piano, Tai Chi, theology, hiking the Blue Hills, history, and current events.

Rev. Bennett received a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School and has a prior background in physics, construction and management consulting, and lay church leadership.   Rev. Bennett lives in Quincy, Massachusetts, with his wife Molly Mattfield Bennett and is the father of four daughters .

To contact Rev. Bennett, please send a message to the church office at office@ufpc.org.

Norman has been with United First Parish Church for more than 25 years. Growing up in Western New York, he started piano lessons at the age of six. In high school, he began organ studies, played clarinet in the school band, accompanied the high school chorus, and sang in his church choir.

At the University of Rochester, he majored in English, but studied organ all four years at Eastman School of Music, and sang in his organ teacher’s choir, where he met his wife Rita. He has spent most of his life in the Boston area as organist and choir director. He is also library assistant at Social Law Library in Boston.

“While my parents listened to all types of music, they especially enjoyed the popular music of the forties and fifties. I felt drawn to classical music from a very early age, and came to love Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Charles Ives, as well as Bach and Handel. I am constantly learning new music, and try to challenge myself and the choir as performers, and the congregation as listeners.”

Joan McDonald, Director of Religious Education

 

Joan McDonald was the Director of Lifespan Religious Education in Des Moines, Iowa, as well as the Director of Religious Education at UU Meetinghouse of Chatham, First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleboro, Community Church of Boston and Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford and a ministerial intern at First Parish Lexington. Joan received a BA in Liberal Studies from Lesley University and studied at Andover Newton Theological School.

Joan lives in South Dennis, MA and is a clay artist–primarily sculpture and hand-building. She has led classes for youth and adults in mask making and exploring creativity. Joan has three grown daughters and two grandsons ages 15 and 6.

She has worked in a variety of roles on the Cape, from the Director of Operations at the Dennis Chamber of Commerce, Training and Office Coordinator for the Cape & Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition, a consultant for a Gateway Cities grant, working with high schools developing career academies to the Cape & Islands Workforce Investment Board where she managed grants and directed the School to Careers Program. Joan is a certified suicide prevention trainer.

David Bousquin, Facilities Manager

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