We have several regular speakers including Rev. Wil. At times we invite other speakers, including Lay Ministers from both First Church in Lancaster and Fitchburg, and guest speakers from the local community and surrounding region to speak on a topics of spirituality, social justice, and human enrichment.
Rev. Wil Darcangelo, M.Div. In addition to his service as Minister of the First Church in Lancaster, he is also the Minister at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Fitchburg. A columnist and blogger, he writes a weekly column named Hopeful Thinking on spiritual optimism in the information age. Wil is active in community organizing, event production and youth mentorship specifically regarding individual and community empowerment through participation in the cultural economy. He is the Founding Director of the Tribe Mentorship Project. Married to his husband Jamie Darcangelo, RN, they live with their daughter Lavender, their friends Peter, Tina, Julian and several beloved animals. Wil is also a public speaker, vocalist, carpenter and stained glass artist with a long history as a performing arts professional.
Sedie Maruska is First Church of Christ's newly appointed Lay Minister. She is a social justice, equity, inclusion and diversity consultant and coach, host of the Diversity Dish podcast, speaker and aspiring author. She’s a graduate of Andrews University with a BA in Graphic Arts, a former Conversational English teacher, Corporate Trainer, and Executive Assistant. Her passion is helping individuals in business cultivate cultures of equity and inclusion, so they attract the diverse partnerships they desire.
Rev. Renee Elaine Manning has lived near Boston her entire life. After retiring from a 38-year career as a CAD illustrator for Raytheon, where she worked on the PATRIOT Missile Project, she received her Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School (with our own Rev. Wil). Ordained in 2023 as a Minister in the Community called by West Parish in Andover, MA, she is also a facilitator for the Merrimack Valley PFLAG and a Transgender advocate through which she has presented her own “Transgender 101” educational series throughout New England. She lives in Andover, MA with her wife Serena. Their combined family includes two sons and two daughters. Her hobbies are astronomy, NASA spaceflight and aviation, model building, model rocketry, and studying history.
Born in 1945, George grew up back East, except for a few years in Iowa. He learned to hunt, fish and drive in Pennsylvania. He attended the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and later obtained a Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Tufts.
He and his wife moved from NJ to South Dakota in 1972, where they were the editors of BUFFALO !, the magazine of the National Buffalo Association. George also sold buffalo meat, hides and live breeding stock across the country.
He worked as a trainer at the Job Corps facility in Nemo, SD. He was also active in efforts to prevent uranium mining in the Black Hills, which are sacred ground to the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne. He was a co-founder of the Black Hills Alliance, composed of both Native and non-Native members.
In 1987, they moved back East, where he worked for the printing industry trade association as director of environmental, health and safety affairs. He later worked for consulting firms, then the state environmental department (Office of Technical Assistance and then for the US EPA.
They have lived in Lancaster since 1990, have two children and two grandchildren.
Dan Poch was born in Maine and raised in Maine, Massachusetts, and a couple of different locations in Pennsylvania. He returned to MA for college where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science with a minor in philosophy. He now lives in Lancaster with his wife of 30 years and their 3 children. He's worked in Marlboro as a software engineer for 25 years.
Sally Cragin writes "Moon Signs" for the Boston Phoenix newspapers as Symboline Dai. She also writes the Llewellyn Astrological Calendar and articles for the Moon Sign and Sun Sign books. She is a longtime arts reviewer whose work has appeared in the Boston Phoenix, Boston Globe, St. Louis Riverfront Times, LA Reader, Yankee Magazine. "The Astrological Elements" is her first book -- and one that doesn't expire on December 31!
Rev. Leaf Seligman, minister emerita of First Parish in Fitchburg preaches the Gospel of Tenderness wherever she goes. A college instructor, author, restorative practitioner, and lover of trees, Leaf is the author of Opening the Window: Sabbath Meditations.