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The Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills (UU Wellesley) has welcomed Rev. Dr. Kelly Murphy Mason as its new settled Senior Minister. Rev. Kelly comes to Wellesley from New York City, where she served as the Community Minister with the First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn and acted as Managing Director for the Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute in Manhattan.
Her extensive experience in varied ministries has been devoted to integrating spiritual wisdom, with psychological insight in the service of helping individuals and healing communities, broadening interfaith understanding and fostering human flourishing. Since her ordination by The Community Church of New York, Unitarian Universalist in 2006, Rev. Kelly has held positions in higher education, counseling centers and UU faith communities.
Rev. Kelly holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Michigan, dual degrees from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University, and a doctorate from the Graduate Theological Foundation. She is a licensed clinical social worker and is certified as a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Rev. Kelly and her husband, Benjamin Daniel Unger, a physician, will reside in Nonantum.
UU Wellesley is a Welcoming Congregation, open to people of all races, cultures, genders, orientations and religious backgrounds. In her welcoming message to the community, Rev. Kelly stated, "Whatever your situation in life, wherever you find yourself on your spiritual journey, here you are welcomed without qualification or reservation, exactly as you are." She also noted that Unitarian Universalists have been gathering in Wellesley Hills for almost 150 years, affirming their principles of intellectual curiosity and freedom of religious expression, the importance of the democratic process, the belief in the worth and dignity of every human being and the values of a religious community. Rev. Kelly has introduced an annual worship theme at UU Wellesley, "Let Your Life Speak,” through which the congregation will explore ways to make its faith a force for both social justice and spiritual nourishment.