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 Minister, Reverend Dr. Kelly Murphy Mason
Prior to becoming our Settled Minister, the Rev. Dr. Kelly Murphy Mason was Community Minister in affiliation with First Unitarian in Brooklyn, NY. Her extensive and varied ministries have all been devoted to integrating spiritual wisdom with psychological insight in the sacred service of helping individuals, healing communities, and fostering human flourishing. She had served as Managing Director at the Psychotherapy & Spirituality Institute in New York, NY.
Kelly occupied a number of positions in metropolitan New York since her ordination in 2006 – in higher education, counseling centers, and faith communities. Her previous ministerial affiliations include the Community Church of New York, Unitarian Universalist, the South Nassau UU Congregation, and the Community UU Congregation of White Plains.
She taught on the adjunct faculty of both Columbia Teachers College and the Fordham Graduate School of Religion & Religious Education. She has an undergraduate degree from Harvard College, an MFA from the University of Michigan, dual degrees from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University, and a doctorate from the Graduate Theological Foundation.
Kelly is a Qualified Clinical Social Worker in the National Association of Social Workers as well as a certified Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. She has sat on the board of the UU Society for Community Ministry and served as the In Care/In Covenant Program Coordinator for seminarians in metropolitan New York. Kelly has acted as a speaker, presenter, and mental health consultant to religious groups and educational organizations.
Her essays and articles have appeared in The Week, Slate, and The Washington Post Book World, as well as in The Encyclopedia of Psychology & Religion and other anthologies. She regularly blogs at TheReverendDr.com, a site dedicated to the topic of ‘What Heals Us in Our Souls.’
Growing up in southern New England, Kelly attended Catholic and girls’ schools. She lived in Philadelphia and Washington, DC. prior to New York City. Before entering the ministry, Kelly worked as a news reporter, science writer, writing instructor, and book critic. She is married to Benjamin Daniel Unger, a physician, and has two tomcats.
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 Coordinator of Religious Education
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.