Rev. Fayre Stephenson became our minister in the fall of 2012. Ordained in 2001, Fayre was called to the Unitarian Universalist ministry as a second career. She is known for her insightful story-filled sermons and for her sense of humor (in and out of the pulpit). For Fayre the greatest joy in congregational life is the community we share – in working and playing together, in seeing friendships grow and in ministering to each other in good times and bad.
A graduate of the Harvard Divinity School, Fayre served for eight years as minister of the Foxborough Universalist Church in Massachusetts, where they named her Minister Emerita. She also served eight years as program director at Ferry Beach, the UU camp and conference center in Saco, Maine.
Prior to entering the ministry, Fayre worked for the Massachusetts Legislature and as a writer and lobbyist for the Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers and Scientists, a public employee labor union.
Fayre is the mother of two sons, Alex and Nat. Alex is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army and teaches at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Nat teaches English as a Second Language in Lawrence, MA. Fayre is also the doting grandmother of six grandchildren. A history wonk, Fayre is devoted to kayaking and other pursuits with her dear friend, Sue Denison.
Our Office Manager and Childcare Provider
Our Office Manager and Childcare Provider positions are jointly held by Nancy Lee Piper. Nancy Lee excels at promoting the principles we live by as well as supporting church committees and endeavors. Nancy Lee takes good care of us!
Nancy Lee holds an AAS in Early Childhood Education and an AAS in Business Administration and Management. She comes to us with a wealth of experience in both childcare and small business management. Nancy Lee is an avid reader, writer, artisan, gardener, and toy collector. She enjoys a peaceful life on a South Paris farm with her partner of 19 years, Rick Hutchins.
Our Music Director
First Universalist Church of Norway has been blessed for more than a decade to have Heather Pierson as the congregation’s Music Director. Heather’s transporting piano accompaniment and performances and her gifted choir direction add an incalculable spiritual dimension to every worship service.
Heather is an award-winning pianist, multi-genre singer/songwriter, arranger, bandleader, and performer. From New Orleans-style jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant folk narratives, Heather’s memorable, intimate, and cathartic live performances, both solo and with her acoustic trio (Davy Sturtevant on strings/cornet and Shawn Nadeau on bass), feature her virtuosity on piano, her bell-tone vocals, and her commanding yet playful stage presence while wielding a tenor banjo, melodica, or acoustic guitar. Her music moves seamlessly and effortlessly from one style to the next, and a growing catalog of wildly divergent CD releases reflects her boundless creativity.