"Love is the spirit of this church and service is its mission"
That we may grow into
harmony
with the 
divine

Minister & Staff

     Reverend Robert Francis Murphy was raised in Rhode Island and California. “Part of my family was Roman Catholic and part was Protestant,” notes Bob. “I love both sides of my family. However, the decision to become a Unitarian Universalist was my own decision and it was one of the best decisions that I ever made!”

     Before becoming a ordained minister, Bob was an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in the southwestern United States. He earned a master's degree in public health from Boston University, worked for community health agencies, then became a business agent for SEIU Local 254, in Boston.  In 1991, Bob returned to college and subsequently received his Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. Bob was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister and then spent several years as a 'circuit riding' minister for three congregations in North Carolina before coming to our fellowship in 2000. Bob is married to Lyn Dalzell, who is a physician’s assistant with a background in social work.

     “Pairing Environmentalism, Economic Justice“, a 2007 article in The Boston Globe described Bob’s leadership on behalf of environmental justice. In 2009 the UUA General Assembly adopted UUFF’s program, “Ethical Eating,” which Bob framed and moved forward, as a national subject for continuing study. For 2010, Bob and the congregation proposed “The Green Revolution in Religion” as a study topic for the UUA General Assembly. In 2011, the national Sierra Club honored Bob for his work in social justice and the environment with a Special Service Award, the first time that a religious leader has received this award.

Because of his work for human rights and environmental justice, Rev. Murphy has received awards from the NAACP, the Red Cross, the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Prevention Collation, and the Barnstable County Human Rights Commission.

 

Director of Religious Education

Deborah Ann Keller is excited to be a part of our growing fellowship.  She joined us after serving as DRE at First Church Unitarian in Littleton, MA.  Debi is one of less than 100 Credentialed DRE’s in the country.  She is an educator who holds degrees in psychology, elementary education and special education.   She is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician in the state of Massachusetts.  Debi is a life long UU and a mother of four young adults.  She brings her passion for spiritual growth and commitment to social justice and community service to her ministry to children, youth, and families at UUFF.    



Music Director

Fred Johnson, an award winning music teacher and director at Falmouth High School, has directed our choir since 2005. For many years Fred was the much loved director of the Falmouth Chorale.




Pianist

Nancy Wendlandt, our pianist every Sunday, is a professional pianist, piano teacher, and music director who has worked on and off Cape for theater companies, choruses, solo vocalists and instrumentalists, upscale hotels, restaurants, and for memorial services, and weddings. 

Office Administrator

Dawn Stephenson was chosen from a completive field of candidates to be our new office manager in September 2013.



Sexton

Frank Walker has been our sexton since August of 2010.  Before he came back to the Cape to live a few years ago, Frank worked in sales and as a school custodian and a painter.
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