Rev. Lise Adams Sherry grew up in the Pacific Northwest where she earned a Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts and pursued graduate studies in dance at Oregon universities. After discovering the Unitarian Universalist tradition she soon realized she was called to ministry as a way to build strong community and celebrate the deep joy she feels for life.
Prior to coming to Norwell in August of 2015, Lise (she pronounces it "Lisa") was the interim minister at Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin, IL. She received her Masters of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in May 2011 and was ordained in January 2012, at UU Congregation of Salem, OR. She has also served as an Assistant Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem (UUCS), OR. Lise enjoys dancing, hiking, reading, watching movies, learning about other cultures and visiting UU churches when traveling.
Rev. Lise has been married to her husband Nelson since 1990. They have two sons, Kennen and Derek who are 20 and 17 respectively and their family dog "Nahna".
Rev. Lise's interest and gifts for religious education are informed by her appetite for learning, her love of the arts, and her enjoyment of working with people of all ages. She had already accepted a call to ministry and had been attending theological school part time when the opportunity came up for her to work first as an RE Assistant and then the Director of Religious Education. She thoroughly enjoyed her time in this capacity, planning and learning with others, creating multigenerational services, and introducing elders and youngsters to one another through activities like Mystery Friends, A Time for All Ages (a brief story or conversation during worship services), and pumpkin decorating potlucks. She also is trained as an OWL facilitator (Our Whole Lives Sexuality Curricula) for middle and high school youth and has co-‐taught the middle school curriculum three times. She is excited to work with Julian, our full time DRE, and together they will have a strong collaborative approach that will continue to build a strong RE program here at First Parish of Norwell.
Rev. Lise fully believes that part of the role of a religious community is to work for transformation in the world, to help build a beloved community for all. As such, she hopes our religious community will partner with her to effect positive social change.
Rev. Lise feels pastoral care and rites of passage make up one of the more sacred parts of ministry. During these times, Lise hopes people will trust her with their challenges and their joys. Lise has found that simply offering her presence can be one of the more empowering things she does as a minister.
Rev. Lise has described ministry as an exciting, engaging, challenging and multi-faceted calling. She loves it because she can learn so much, hear people's stories, travel with them on their journeys, and partner with others to try to make our world a better place for all. She loves that congregations are full of people of all ages, who are intentional about how they live and relate with our world. Such intentionality allows for reflection, learning from mistakes and moving forward in love. She believes that sharing ministry and life are truly gifts.