Thank you to all the fabulous story tellers and full house of participants who made this such a fun night! And thank you to our host, First Church Unitarian, who gave us the wonderful space in which to have this event!
This year’s top banana prize went to Rev. Ellen Rowse Spero, Minister at First Parish of Chelmsford! The theme this year was follow your Heat – All the stories were amazing and it will be a night to remember for all!
Rev. Steve Edington Rev. Ellen Rowse Spero
Rev. Nathan Detering Rev. Jo VonRue
Sam Wilson Rev. Lynda Sutherland
The evening’s emcee is 2015 Story Slam finalist, Rev. Robin Bartlett, Senior Pastor, First Church in Sterling
Rev. Robin Bartlett is the Senior Pastor at First Church in Sterling, MA, a multi denominational little piece of earth as it is in heaven affiliated with the UUA and the UCC. Robin is the mother of three young children and lives with them and her husband, Andy, at Chez Parsonage. They like eating good food and drinking good drinks and talking about theology.
Our Fabulous Story Tellers:
Rev. Lynda Sutherland is in her second year of ministry at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Northborough. She raised eight children, managed a family business, and then went back to college when her youngest graduated from high school. Lynda finished her Women’s Study degree in 2010 and went on to earn a Masters of Divinity at age 62. She lives in Marlborough with her spouse, Ginger Meyette.
Rev. Ellen Rowse Spero serves as the Parish Minister at First Parish of Chelmsford where she has been since 2002. She grew up Unitarian Universalist, attending the First Church Unitarian in Littleton, where she learned the power of storytelling from Rev. Bob Hadley through his “sermon plays.” She lives in Acton with her spouse, Josh, their two sons, Sam and Henry, and two dogs, Paza and Finney.
Sam Wilson is the Director of youth ministries at the Winchester Unitarian Society in Winchester MA. He is in his 4th year as the Director of Youth Ministries at Winchester Unitarian Society. He also works as a “Guru” for an SAT Company and has otherwise taught art, ESL, GEDs, singing, and theatre. He is a Program Leader for the UU College of Social Justice, through which he has led several Activate Youth Justice training sessions. He particularly loves to: create art for social change, dance like no one’s watching, embrace silliness, empower young people, sing karaoke, and uplift Unitarian Universalism as a beacon of hope for our world.
Rev. Jo VonRue is Minister-in-Residence at First Parish Church in Concord. Jo comes to us from north east PA and recently graduated with her Masters in Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School. Jo has previously served as intern at our Congregation in Binghamton, NY, and as a consulting minister at our Church in Cortland NY. Her husband Isaac is a Chemistry Professor at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre PA.
Outside of Ministry Jo is a competitive equestrian riding both Dressage and Hunters. She loves exploring the outdoors with her two dogs Sam and Derby and is a musician playing both the French Horn and Ukulele.
Rev. Steve Edington is currently the Interim Minister of the First Church Unitarian of Littleton, Massachusetts. He lives in Nashua, New Hampshire where he was the minister of the UU Church of Nashua for 24 years. Steve grew up in southern West Virginia where he answered the “call” to ministry as a member of an evangelical Baptist church. Of his journey from there to the UU ministry, Jerry Garcia said it best: “What a long, strange trip it’s been.”
Rev. Nathan W. Detering serves as the Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Area Church at First Parish in Sherborn, a position he has held since 2003. A graduate of Beloit College and Boston University School of Theology, he also serves as adjunct faculty at Andover Newton Theological School. Prior to entering the ministry, Rev. Detering served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Grenada, West Indies. He lives in Holliston, MA with his wife and two children.