One of the strengths of any religious community is its dedicated staff, and we are fortunate to have such a group leading and supporting us here at UU Wellesley. Offices for all the staff are in Rice House, which is located just east of our building complex toward the rear of the property. Offices are on the second floor, with the first floor used for meeting space.
All members of the staff can be reached by calling the church office at 781.235.7423, or via EMAIL. The church office is generally open Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM from late August through mid-June. Mail and telephone calls are monitored and responded to year round.
Our Interim Minister, Reverend Terry Sweetser
A born Unitarian, a fifth generation Universalist, and a parish minister for over forty years, I have been honored to bring my experience and energy to the service of liberal religion as a volunteer, parish minister, fund raiser, consulting minister, executive of the Ballou Channing District, Interim Senior Minister of All Souls Church in Washington, DC, Special Assistant to the President of the UUA, Senior Advisor to the UUA President, Vice President for Stewardship and Development, Interim Senior Minister of the Unitarian Church in Summit, NJ and now as the Interim Senior Minister of the UU Society in Wellesley Hills, MA.
I have been married to the Reverend M. Susan Milnor (currently Interim Senior Minister of the First Religious Society UU in Newburyport, MA) since 1987. Our daughter, Abigail, is a 2012 graduate of Smith College and is an acting major in the MFA program at the Actor’s Studio in New York City.
It is wonderful to be with you in Wellesley, a congregation I have admired for years and in whose Social Hall I slept in as part of an LRY (Liberal Religious Youth) Conference in 1961.
You can reach Terry HERE.
Our Music Director
Since returning to the Boston area, Suzie Cartreine has worked extensively in church settings, including a nine-year tenure as Director of Music at the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton Unitarian Universalist, where she grew a thriving music program with three choirs, involving more than 100 volunteer musicians each year. Her youth and children’s choirs enjoyed frequent interfaith collaborations, and hosted and performed with The American Boychoir on their 75th Anniversary Tour. As a conductor Suzie welcomes and gently challenges singers of all ages and levels of experience; former choir members have described her as “the most patient perfectionist I’ve ever met.”
Suzie performs regularly on harpsichord and piano, on series such as Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concerts, MIT Concert Series, SoHIP, Lincoln Laboratories, Music of Norway Pond, and Bach Around the Clock/Trinity Artist Series in New Orleans. She has appeared on WGBH and WBUR radio, Stow TV, and provided the soundtrack for the documentary “The Experience of Disaster Research.” With an affinity for music of the French Baroque, she has been hailed for her “expressive and well-nuanced performance” which “fully captured the seventeenth century sensibility.” Current projects include learning the six concerti for solo harpsichord by J. S. Bach.
Suzie has a DMus in Historical Performance from Boston University, a MMus in Piano Performance from Temple University (Pi Kappa Lambda), and a BA in Physics from Macalester College (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude). When not making music, Suzie enjoys yoga, swimming, playing cards, and spending time with her husband and two young sons.
Our Acting Director of Religious Education
Elizabeth Foster grew up in Evanston, Illinois, and was active in the youth group at the Unitarian Church of Evanston. While attending Bryn Mawr College, Elizabeth interned for a number of nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia. After a stint in AmeriCorps in Camden, NJ, she became deeply involved with the Children's Religious Education program at First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia in Center City, first as a volunteer, and then as the Religious Education Coordinator. She received her M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. In spring 2017, Elizabeth relocated to Boston with her husband Sam and an affectionate tortoiseshell cat, whose name is Jade (and who may be coaxed into attending the Blessing of the Beasts next year).
Her goal at UU Wellesley will be to create a safe space where children, youth, and their families are challenged to learn more about themselves and their values, as well as about other religions and how we as UUs can do good in the world.
Our Ministerial Intern
Sarah Bellows Meister was born in Tübingen, Germany, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area after relocating to the United States with her family. Sarah is in the final year of her M.Div. program at Harvard Divinity School, where her studies have focused on spiritual care and mobilizing religious communities in social justice efforts. Prior to joining UU Wellesley as ministerial intern, Sarah received Clinical Pastoral Education training at the University of California, San Francisco; completed a practicum in oncology chaplaincy at Massachusetts General Hospital; was a founding member of the Lucy Stone Cooperative, an intentional community rooted in the values of Unitarian Universalism; worked with adolescent survivors of human trafficking; and served as a congressional aide working on issues of immigration. Sarah holds a B.A. in the Study of Women and Gender from Smith College, and lives in Cambridge with her wife, Elizabeth, a leadership and social justice educator at MIT. Sarah is delighted to have the opportunity to serve and learn at this historic congregation, and looks forward to a rich year of journeying and growing in UU community.
Our Office Administrator
Cyra Coady became our Administrator in May of 2012. She came to us after many years as a fundraiser and event coordinator at various government and non-profit organizations. Cyra grew up in suburban Boston and attended Boston University's School of Management. After college, she moved to Chicago and then San Diego to experience a few different cities before settling back in New England, where she met her husband, Dario. They live in Natick with their daughter, Vivien.
Fernando Cristancho began work as Sexton for our Society in 1993. He has had extensive maintenance supervisory experience with two major New England corporations. In addition, Fernando has several other business interests: he is a Notary Public and prepares legal documentation required for work and travel by the Colombian people; he has a multi-service office in Lowell where he prepares income taxes; and each summer he coordinates guided tours of Niagara Falls, NY; Washington, DC; and New York City. Fernando’s background includes work as a bookkeeper and professional folk dancer in his native Colombia. He is the father of two grown daughters and continues to enjoy music and dance performances.