By a unanimous vote, members of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Cambridge selected Adam Lawrence Dyer as their new minister on Sunday May 7, 2017. “Adam was the number one choice of our Search Committee and our Board and he has already captured the hearts and minds of our congregants.” said Board Chair Peggy Kraft.
Over the past year and a half, the congregation determined that it wanted a minister who can build community, be an inspiring preacher and communicator, provide excellent pastoral care, manage the organization effectively, and help the congregation fulfill its mission to become a multi-cultural, spirit-filled community that works toward justice and against racism and oppression. “Remarkably and to our good fortune, Adam fulfills all of these criteria,” according to Karin Lin and Marcia Hams, Search Committee Co-Chairs.
A graduate of Princeton, Adam will receive his Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in May. He served as Intern Minister at First UU Church in San Diego, CA. Adam has worked on social justice issues over the course of his professional life including leading discussions on race, class, and culture throughout California and Hawaii. He has worked at PolicyLink, a non-profit organization based in Oakland, California, to address racial and economic equity policy advocacy through state policy advocacy. Adam brings an impressive, creative inspiration to his ministry including his own poetry (his book Love Beyond God was recently published); his singing voice (he has sung in numerous church choirs and and appeared in several Broadway musicals); his ability to communicate to a wide audience; and his sense of humor. He served for seven years as Cruise Director on Holland America, Disney, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines where he managed and supervised a large staff of musicians and performers as well as programming entertainment for many travelers.
“Adam is a warm, engaging, and friendly person who enjoys interactions with people of all ages and backgrounds”, commented Mandy Neff, Religious Education Director. He worked as Lead Youth Advisor, taught religious education to middle schoolers, and instructed grades 7-9 in the OWL (Our Whole Lives) program.
“It is an incredibly humbling honor to have the opportunity to serve as the next Lead Minister at First Parish Cambridge. I am truly inspired by this loving congregation and its mission to cultivate a multicultural and diverse community. I look forward to being a part of what promises to be a bright future for the church as we continue to be deeply engaged in social justice, excited about conserving and promoting the rich history of the community and invested in creating a uniquely spiritual space where all are truly welcome.”