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Your New England Region UUA Staff: (starting from top left) Rev. Sue Phillips, Hilary Allen, Karen Bellavance-Grace, Joy Blanchette, Dawn Casstevens, (bottom left) Meck Groot, Judy Murray, Joe Sullivan, Kim Sweeney, and Rev. Marta Valentín

Staff Contacts

Your New England Region UUA staff provides local expertise for church leaders who want to build healthy systems, congregational culture and strategies for living our Unitarian Universalist principles. Generous gifts from congregations make our support possible. Contact us when your church leadership wants to talk or ask questions about ANY aspect of congregational life. (617) 948-6415, newengland [at] uua [dot] org

New England Regional Lead

As the Regional Lead for UUA field staff in New England, Rev. Sue Phillips is responsible for helping congregations grow in health and impact by setting the overall vision for the regional staff team and aligning the team's work with our UUA's strategic vision. She works closely with congregations and their leaders, especially in conflict situations, and coaches ministers and other religious professionals. Sue has a special love for helping lay leaders expand their comfort and skill at preaching and worship leading, so you'll also find her leading workshops in these and other areas. 

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 congregationally-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. If not, simply call the office at (617) 948-6415 or email newengland [at] uua [dot] org.

Regionalization of District Staff

On July 1, 2015, Ballou Channing District, Clara Barton District, Massachusetts Bay District and Northern New England District of Unitarian Universalist Congregations began sharing all staff across the four districts. Staff sharing provides all four districts with talented and resourceful professionals. At the same time, it enables each staff member to concentrate on their area(s) of specialty. Contact our main office at (617) 948-6415, newengland [at] uua [dot] org or use the staff list on the right to reach a specific staff member.

Our Core Purpose

With founding dates that stretch back to the seventeenth century, New England Region Unitarian Universalist congregations carry a long history evidenced in boxed pews, ornately carved pulpits, Tiffany glass windows and white spires on many a town common. However, the greatest strength of that history is not evident in architecture but in associational aspirations set out 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.

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