Minister – Rev. Sarah Person

Rev. Sarah resides in Middleborough, Massachusetts, with her husband, a senior research fellow at the Center for Youth and Communities at Brandeis University. They have two grown daughters. Rev. Sarah is part of an interfaith family, with ties to the White Plains Community Church in White Plains, NY; the Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society in Madison, CT; First Church and Parish in Dedham, MA; and Temple Beth David in Westwood, MA.

Rev. Sarah has degrees from Northwestern University, Simmons College and Boston University. She served for eight years as a medical and patients’ librarian at Metropolitan State Hospital, a state psychiatric hospital in Waltham, Massachusetts. She left in 1984 to become a consultant for library services to people with a wide variety of disabilities for the state’s library agency – the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Rev. Sarah left the agency in 1987 to start her family, and shortly thereafter began volunteering with the constituencies she had served. She spent ten years on the board of directors of an urban community mental health center, and six years as an elected library trustee for the town of Medfield. When her youngest was in the fourth grade, she became a Special Education teacher aide at her school, working with about 35 children a year with a variety of cognitive, emotional and physical impairments.

Two years before beginning work as an aide, Rev. Sarah had been diagnosed with breast cancer. As a survivor, she can speak with authority and empathy on the issues surrounding diagnosis, treatment and recovery from this illness.

The event that propelled Rev. Sarah into ministry was the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11. She was teaching at the time; and during the weeks afterward, as she consoled and counseled her students, she began to think seriously of ministry. She realized that she had to do something about a world which continued to uphold the diminishment and destruction of others who are different. Her ministry is filled with that imperative to cherish diversity.

In addition to her ministry, Rev. Sarah is vice-president of the board of the UUA’s Ballou Channing District, is a Good Officer to her fellow district colleagues, currently serves as president of the Middleborough Area Assistance Coalition, and is an elected member of the Middleborough Affordable Housing Committee.

Rev. Sarah asks us to develop ourselves as spiritual beings, to address the big questions in our lives, to grow in our capacity for compassion, and to cope with the struggles we face in binding our emerging faith to our actions.

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