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Our March 2021 Worship Leaders

Rev. Eugene "Woody" Widrick
Rev. Eugene “Woody” Widrick

Rev. Eugene “Woody” Widrick had a Mennonite upbringing in rural NY, marked by a 9-year hospitalization for tuberculosis. He was first educated as a librarian and then as a minister. He, along with his wife Trudi and their 2 children, served in parishes in Connecticut, NH, South Africa and the Berkshires before settling in 1977 at The First Religious Society of Carlisle. He remained there until he retired in 2001 and is minister emeritus still. His book “Leaving Belfort: The Memoir of Eugene R. ‘Woody’ Widrick” was published last year.

Bob and Deirdre Leger
Bob and Deirdre Leger

Deirdre and Bob Leger are active members of First Parish Church. Bob is the church Sexton and is the one that keeps our building clean and inviting. Both Bob and Deirdre helped run our Community Table outreach before COVID struck. They are both musicians and often entertain our congregation with their moving music.

Rev. Linda Goodman and Joe Pollock
Rev. Linda Goodman and Joe Pollock

Rev. Linda Goodman has served as lay worship leader or guest minister in UU churches for over 20 years. Together with her "accomplice in ministry" Joe Pollock, she brings a package of interspiritual music and reflections. Joe and Linda met while recording world chant albums with the On Wings of Song Chorus 25 years ago and have been making music together ever since. They currently serve as Presiding Minister and Music Minister of the Tree of Life Interfaith Temple in Milford, NH.

Rev. Nannene Gowdy
Rev. Nannene Gowdy

After 23 years in active parish ministry, Rev. Nannene Gowdy retired. For several years after that, she preached in Billerica and Pittsfield once a month, leaving Pittsfield after she sold her house in the Berkshires. She is happy to continue in Billerica and to stay in touch with this loving congregation. The rest of her time is spent with family, especially her grandson, Griffin, who everyone knows is either Mozart or Einstein.

Our Past 2021 Worship Leaders

Rev Dr Bill Gardiner
Rev. Dr. Bill Gardiner

The Rev. Dr. Bill Gardiner was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry in 1967. He served as a parish minister at UU congregations in Washington, DC (1967-1972), Nashville, TN (1972-1980) and Philadelphia, PA (1980-1990). He was the Director for Anti-Racism and Social Justice Empowerment Programs in the Dept. for Faith in Action at the UUA in Boston from 1990-2004. He is currently a member of Ending Mass Incarceration Together. An organization that has been working for reform of prisons and jails in MA. He is an active member at First Parish in Arlington. You can find the curriculum he wrote “Examining Whiteness” in the UUA website.

Joshua Leach
Joshua Leach

Joshua Leach is a public policy and communications strategist at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, a human rights organization inspired by UU values. He holds an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School and is a candidate for ordination in the UU ministry.

Sarah Mills
Sarah Mills

Sarah Mills is an active member of First Parish Church UU Billerica (FPC). She is an optimist and avid, allergy-friendly baker. With the onset of COVID-19, Sarah helps the FPC community stay connected via Zoom. Sarah also hosts the Monday Night Zoom Chat/Open House for anyone who wants to drop in.

Doug Muder
Doug Muder

Doug Muder is a retired mathematician who writes the political blog The Weekly Sift, is a contributing editor of UU World, and from time to time writes for The Bedford Citizen. He came to MA in 1984 to work at MITRE, where he was employed for 10 years. He subsequently contributed to several of the more obscure books in the … For Dummies series, including VRML for Dummies. He currently lives in Bedford with his wife Deb Bodeau and is a member of First Parish in Bedford. Doug first spoke at First Parish in Billerica in 2012 and has come back once or twice a year since.

Rabbi Yaakov Trek Reef
Rabbi Yaakov Trek Reef

Rabbi Yaakov ‘Trek’ Reef walks in the world as a teacher of wilderness spirituality, a community organizer, and an activist for social and environmental justice. He is a regionally recognized speaker, serving as a frequent guest in the pulpit at synagogues, churches, and meeting houses throughout the Northeast. In 2016, he completed a pilgrimage along the storied Appalachian Trail, taking approximately five million steps over 2189.1 miles between Georgia and Maine to find a deeper connection to the awe-inspiring natural world.