WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Unitarian Universalism has no creed or dogma, says Reverend Ascher. "UU is an attempt to understand the world we live in and how we fit into that world. It draws from many religions—Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Humanism—and from the great thinkers. The biggest puzzlement people have about UU is that we acknowledge we really don't have answers. We don't know if there is a God, or what happens after death. We ask you to find your own answers to what is holy. That can be scary. Most people want someone to tell them what is true. That's fine. But joining us in the not-knowing can be freeing. My job is to help them understand the experience they alone have." Growing up in Chelmsford, Reverend Ascher recalls being the only child who willingly attended her UU church regularly. "I loved it," she says. "It felt like this magical thing that happened to all of us in the sanctuary for that short time on Sunday mornings." At 12, she knew she wanted to be part of that experience forever. At a UU Youth Conference when they were 14, she met her husband, David Jarratt, a website designer and e-learning graphic artist. Since graduating from Lesley University and Andover Newton Theological School, she has served UU congregations for 16 years. "There are few jobs that allow you to serve people as intimately as parish care. I don't know if the ICUU job is the right way for me to practice my faith, but I'll be serving a wider audience around the world," says Reverend Ascher who in August took the helm after five years as an ICUU volunteer. "I've posted things on UU Wellesley's Facebook page that get shared hundreds of times. Someone in, say, Thailand might see one and ask me a question that's fascinating, wanting to know how we deal with it here. I'd bring it to the congre- gation for discussion. For us in Unitarian Universalism, this is part of the adventure. "Ministry is fundamentally about relationships," she says. "So how do we prepare to connect with people who will never sit next to us in the pew? The Internet is making our community bigger and more diverse. It makes us be creative and realize the power of being con- nected to each other." 78 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6 Our Religous Leaders "There are few jobs that allow you to serve people as intimately as parish care." – R e v e r a n d S a r a A s c h e r

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