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Our Minister

Welcome, friends and visitors,

Since 2007, I have served our Unitarian Universalist fellowship as part-time minister, finding open hearts, searching minds, hard-working creative hands and brave souls – teachers of all ages – willing to share stories, wisdom and unanswered questions in our fellowship’s formal and informal gatherings.


My journey to ministry grew from work as a support person in a county mental health organization, from questions about theological language, from a background in sociology, and mostly from a deepening relationship with the holy in nature. I discovered Unitarian Universalism at the end of my Masters of Divinity program at Princeton Theological Seminary and was quickly welcomed into community with others who sought to extend their circles of love and kinship with all beings.


Throughout my years in ministry I have been accompanied by my family, by wonderful animals, indoors and out, by music, poems, artwork, by the creek at the bottom of the hill, a forgiving garden and great teachers.

On Sunday mornings at Newton, my role, as I see it, is to start conversations. We learn from each other as we strive to expand circles of justice. We listen to stories that help us understand what it means to be human. We weep in times of loss.  We work in times of need. We laugh when that seems like the next step toward healing and the best way to express our love of life and our gratitude for the company of lively hearts along the way.

Welcome to our fellowship!


- Reverend Mary Tiebout

Mary Tiebout