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Staff Contacts for the New England Region

Picture of the 10 members of the current New England Region team.

Your New England Region UUA staff provides coaching, consulting, facilitation, training, and resources for healthy, vital Unitarian Universalist ministries. Contact us when your church leadership wants to talk, share, or ask questions about ANY aspect of congregational life. (617) 948-6415, newengland@uua.org. Our support is made possible by generous gifts from member congregations.

Program Team

Program staff are often the first and primary source of support, counsel and information for lay and professional leaders. Our time is largely devoted to

  • individual and group consultations and coaching
  • board/leadership retreat facilitation
  • conflict transformation
  • support for ministers and congregations in ministerial transition
  • search and settlement support for interim, part-time and consulting ministries
  • support for lifespan religious education and faith formation
  • consultation on congregation-based justice ministries
  • small congregations support and congregational collaborations
  • consultation and referrals on strengthening congregational stewardship
  • designing and delivering learning events

Administrative Team

All administrative staff are available to take your calls and answer general questions by phone or email. They provide assistance with events information and registrations; invoices and payments; records, web postings, and more. They also each have their area of specialty or focus. Please check the contact numbers to the right to see if your question or concern might most easily be addressed by a particular person, or simply call the office at (617) 948-6415 or email newengland@uua.org.

Regionalization of District Staff

Our shared theology of interdependence has evolved over time, and so too have our forms of denominational governance and staff oversight. On July 1, 2015, the four districts representing 234 congregations in the six states of New England began sharing a single staff team. This shift serves to free district leaders to focus on ministries rather than governance, and create more efficient, accountable, and mutually supportive systems so we can better live our faith in the world. 

Our Core Purpose

With founding dates that stretch back to the seventeenth century, New England Unitarian Universalist congregations carry a long history rooted in the Cambridge Platform of 1648. In keeping with recommendations made in that document, New England Regional staff encourages and supports our congregations to take a deep interest in each other; to consider best practices together; to model spiritual leadership with one another; and to share their stories of doubt, risk and transformation. By cultivating connections among our congregations, we seek to inspire new and innovative models of doing church and coach existing congregations to a deeper and a wider practice of faith, hope and love.

"We Are Connected," chalice photo from UU Church of Nashua, NH by Harry Purkhiser

Connect with Us!

Contact any member of our New England Regional Staff Team to start a conversation about any aspect of congregational life.

Photo: "We Are Connected," flaming chalice from the UU Church of Nashua, NH by Harry Purkhiser

Hilary Allen 
Congregational Consultant
hallen@uua.org
(617) 948-4257

Erica Baron
Congregational Consultant
ebaron@uua.org 
(617) 948-4604

Karen Bellavance-Grace,
Congregational Consultant
kbellavancegrace@uua.org 
(617) 948-4258

Joy Blanchette
Administration & Finance Manager
jblanchette@uua.org
(617) 948-6430

Chanel Gomez
Events Coordinator
cgomez@uua.org
(617) 948-6427

Meck Groot
Congregational Consultant
mgroot@uua.org
(617) 948-6414

Woullard Lett
Regional Lead
wlett@uua.org
(617) 948-6121

Christine Purcell
Transitions Program Manager
cpurcell@uua.org
(617) 948-6125

Lóre Stevens
Communications Associate
lstevens@uua.org 

Joe Sullivan
Congregational Consultant
Peer Facilitator Program
jsullivan@uua.org 
(617) 948-4383