Support Services from the New England Region

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Whatever joys and challenges may be happening in your faith community we offer services that nurture your congregation's health and vitality.

Your New England Region UUA staff team is committed to equipping and supporting religious professionals and lay leaders for healthy, vital Unitarian Universalist ministries. Our staff consultants are often first and primary source of support, counsel, and connection. We thank those congregations whose generous gifts enable us to offer services and learning opportunities to 232 congregations in New England and beyond. 
To find your congregation's point of contact, please see the links, below; or contact our main office at or 617-978-4515. The listings include church name, city, state and point of contact's name, email and UUA phone number. Congregations are listed in alphabetical order by city.

We offer:

  • Conflict transformation. Conflict is a natural part of community life. Conflict itself is not an issue but how we respond to it can be. Ignoring or denying it can be problematic, as can engaging it in ways that are destructive to individuals and congregations. Regional staff supports congregations in engaging conflict in creative ways that build sustainable, healthy relationships. Congregational leaders who seek support for their efforts at navigating conflict in their congregation are encouraged to contact any one of the NER congregational consultants.
  • Individual and group consultations and coaching. Contact anyone on our staff team or call us at (617) 948-6415, to initiate a conversation about your needs.
  • Board and leadership retreat facilitation. As your church year starts up or midyear, you may be planning a retreat with your leadership team. Visioning, goal-setting and covenanting are common leadership practices within vital congregations. We'll connect you with our team of skilled and experienced Peer Facilitators who can design and facilitate these sessions with you. Congregations are asked to pay a modest honorarium of $50 per onsite hour plus a preparation, travel and miscellaneous expense surcharge of $50 for facilitation services.
    Please make your request for facilitation at least six weeks before your proposed retreat date using the linked form, or contact us at (617) 948-6415,
    Please note: Due to ongoing issues related to the Covid pandemic, our decisions to do in-person or online events will be centered on keeping our facilitators and participants as safe and healthy as possible.
  • Support for ministers and congregations in ministerial transition. The ministerial search and settlement process is well-supported by our Unitarian Universalist Association. Contact Christine Purcell, (617) 948-6125, to initiate the process for the settlement of a new minister in the New England Region.
  • Search and settlement support for interim, part-time and consulting ministries. Our UUA’s Transitions Office is directly involved only in ¾ time or full-time ministries. For support in ministerial transitions for positions of less than ¾ time, contact anyone on our staff team or call us at (617) 948-6415, to initiate a conversation about your needs.
  • Consultation on congregation-based justice ministries. We support and coach leaders interested in making justice ministries a vibrant and vital part of congregational life. Specifically, we are happy to consult with congregational leaders to evaluate, initiate, revamp, restructure and/or revitalize your congregation's justice ministries. Congregations ready to take their next steps on a racial justice journey are encouraged to be in touch. Contact anyone on our staff team or call us at (617) 948-6415, to initiate a conversation about your needs.
  • Support for lifespan religious education and faith formation. We believe healthy lifespan faith development programs are essential to creating and sustaining vital congregations. We offer support and referrals for organizational assessment, vision and goal-setting, developing healthy systems for RE Committees and other groups, consultations on religious education curricula and programming, multigenerational worship planning, conflict management assessments and interventions, training, workshops, and retreats for religious education volunteers and leaders. For more information about how we can support the Faith Formation leaders and programs in your congregation, contact anyone on our staff team or call us at (617) 948-6415, to initiate a conversation about your needs.
  • Small congregations support and congregational collaborations. Small congregations (membership of under 120 or so) are the majority of of our New England Unitarian Universalist churches. Contact anyone on our staff team or call us at (617) 948-6415, to initiate a conversation about your needs for support in helping your small congregation to be vital and healthy, or is entering discernment about its future.
  • Stewardship support. Contact anyone on our staff team or call us at (617) 948-6415, to initiate a conversation about your needs for consultation and referrals on congregation-based stewardship best practices and resources.

Regional staff also designs and delivers in-person and online learning eventsThese programs are designed to broaden knowledge, develop leadership skills, spark ideas and connect members of sibling congregations with one another.

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Connect With Us!

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

Not sure who to call?
Start with our general inbox:
(617) 948-6415

Hilary Allen 
Congregational Life Staff
(617) 948-4257

Erica Baron
Congregational Life Staff
(617) 948-4604

Wren Bellavance-Grace
Congregational Life Staff
(617) 948-4258

Evin Carvill Ziemer 
Regional Developmental Lead
(617) 948-4328

Sherri Lysy
Administration and Finance Manager
(617) 948-6430

Art Nava
Congregational Life Staff
(617) 948-4313

Christine Purcell
Transitions Program Manager
(617) 948-6125