Minister & Staff
Rev. Laurel Gray, Minister
Laurel Gray is a native New Englander – she grew up in southern Rhode Island and then attended college in Vermont – and is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist. She did her graduate work at Yale Divinity School in addition to spending a year at Starr King School for the Ministry. She previously served as the Ministerial Intern and Summer Minister at First Parish in Concord, MA, and as the Membership Coordinator at the Unitarian Society of New Haven, CT. Between college and graduate school, she lived in San Francisco and worked in the wedding and event industry. Laurel decided to go into parish ministry because she believes in the importance of having a space to search for meaning together and experience belonging. She is thrilled to be serving as the minister at UUCSW. (www.revlaurelgray.com)
Kala Farnham, Music Director
Kala is an award-winning singer/songwriter/instrumentalist. She brings a world of experience in many aspects of music such as a pianist, cantor, piano and guitar teacher, vocal coach, accompanist, composer, choir director and music theater director. Kala has studied music creation, music performance, and a variety of aspects of vocal performance.
When asked why she felt called to apply to be a music director at a Unitarian Universalist congregation Kala said, “I believe music has a distinct power to unify us and elevate us to a spiritual state, and it’s an honor for me to share the gift of music with others through my work as a director.” Regarding Unitarian Universalism, she continued, “‘After being introduced to Unitarian Universalism by a friend I felt a strong resonance between my personal beliefs and Unitarian Universalism. That led me to the UUCSW congregation.”
For more information about Kala visit her website at www.kalafarnham.com.
Cassie Lengel, Director of Religious Education
Cassie is a resident of Webster, MA and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Religious Studies from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA. She also has both teaching and administrative experience. In Cassie’s words, “One of my professional passions is to develop new methods for engaging students in their own learning styles. I also feel strongly that social action is a valuable and necessary response to the beliefs we hold. I want to help students become passionate and informed, and to live their faith in meaningful ways every day – not just on Sundays.”
Elisa Scully, Office Assistant
Elisa has been working and volunteering in the public and nonprofit management field for the past 25 years. She holds an MBA from Boston University and a BA from Harvard University. Elisa lives in Taunton where she and her family are active members of the First Parish Church in Taunton.