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Deans for A Family Under One Sky: the Multigenerational UU University Track
Robin Barraza grew up in the Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation in Concord, NH, where above all other things, she enjoyed singing in the choir. She has worked as a Religious Education preschool teacher at the UU Church in Santa Fe, as Children/Youth Program Director at the International Affairs Conference on Star Island, at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) as Assistant to the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, as Youth Advisor at First Church in Boston, and as District Youth Coordinator for the Mass Bay District.
Robin has a Masters degree in Counseling/Psychology from Lesley University, and previously worked as a therapist for children and youth suffering from post traumatic stress and other social, emotional and behavioral disorders. Robin is currently the Director of Religious Education at First Parish in Milton, serves on the UUA Youth Ministry Working Group, and is entering Boston University School of Theology in the fall to get her Masters of Divinity.
Robin’s passion for Multigenerational ministry comes from her convictions that at any age we are more alike than we are different, that we heal from telling and re-telling our stories, that singing with other people is a good way to talk to God, and that the sacred resides within our empathic interactions with one another.
The Rev. Parisa Parsa has served First Parish in Milton, Massachusetts since 2004. Her family discovered Unitarian Universalism when she was 13, a compromise between her Muslim father and Christian mother. She became quickly and deeply immersed in her local youth group and then district and continental Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU), serving as a Youth Programs Specialist in the UUA’s Youth Office in 1990-91. She received fellowship and was ordained as a community minister in 1998. Before her current parish ministry settlement, she served as Associate Minister at Large and Director of Renewal House at the UU Urban Ministry in Boston, worked with the Faithful Fools Street Ministry in San Francisco and as consulting minister at the UU Fellowship of Los Gatos, CA.
Parisa is passionate about multigenerational ministry because it is the ground on which all multicultural ministry is built. The earliest training we have in how to encounter people with different life experience than ourselves is in our own families, as we learn to relate with those much younger and much older than we are. In our church families, we work to minister to the unique needs of different life stages and experiences while learning to celebrate all that we can learn in diverse community of every kind. Our congregational lives are richer for our ability to tell our stories to one another and to build new and liberating stories for ourselves and our larger world. The journey is challenging, deep, and rich, and worthy of every effort we give.
Rev. Shana Lynngood currently serves as Associate Minister of All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC. More about Shana Lynngood >
Greg Buckland currently serves the Mass Bay District working on strengthening Youth and Young Adult Ministries in our congregations, district, and denomination. More about Greg Buckland >
Rev. Michelle Favreault serves as a consulting minister at the First
Unitarian Church of Oakland, California and as a Visiting Professor at Star King School for the Ministry. She holds a Master of Divinity from Starr King, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration. More about Rev. Favreault >
Gail Forsyth-Vail is the Director of Adult Programs in the Lifespan Faith Development Staff Group at the Unitarian Universalist Association. She is a Credentialed Religious Educator, Master’s Level, who served congregations for twenty-two years, most recently at the North Parish of North Andover, Massachusetts. More about Gail Forsyth-Vail >
Victoria Mitchell is eighteen years old and positively consumed with the future of our denomination in relation to multigenerational ministry. More about Victoria Mitchell >