Church Communications

Meg Kara

Meg Kara has been with First Parish since 2016.  Under normal times, Meg would be in the Church office four days a week, handling the internal and external communications functions of the Church. 

In the Covid-19 era, Meg generally works remotely unless specific tasks require her to be in the office.  She is best reached via the church phone –
781-326-5344 – or via the Church email – office@firstparishwestwood.org

Meg resides with her husband and two adorable daughters in Westwood.

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Rev. Dr. Jill Edens

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Rev. Richard Edens

Co-Pastors

Rev. Dr. Jill Edens and Rev. Richard Edens retired in 2017 after serving the United Church of Chapel Hill for 38 years.  Jill grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and Richard in Charlotte, North Carolina.  They met and married at Yale Divinity School.  They retired to the Boston area to be closer to their daughter and her family.  In preparation for their retirement, they became involved in the study of leadership transitions which in turn prepared them for their current calling of serving churches in transition.
 
CURRENT
While an interim ministry with First Parish of Westwood in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic has been challenging, the congregation has been welcoming, engaging and undeterred in moving forward with their life and work.  

This fall and winter First Parish has

  • Partnered with City Mission to receive winter coats for distribution to children in the Boston area through “Coat Boston.” 

  • Invited churches in the greater Boston area to join them in commemorating those who have been lost to Covid-19 by ringing church bells over a period of 10 days.

  • hosted a socially distanced and safe Christmas holiday fair.

  • provided Christmas for four families connected with the local LifeWork (ARC) facility.

  • voted to become an Open & Affirming congregation.

  • moved forward with the work of the pastoral transition

  • convened a search committee. 
     

Thanks to the work of dedicated volunteers and the First Parish staff, we worship together on-line and care for one another.  With the promise of vaccines in the spring, we look forward to meeting in-person this creative and resourceful congregation. 

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Music Director

Dr. Sarah Tocco

Dr. Sarah Tocco is Music Director at First Parish.  In addition to being a faculty member at Winchester Community Music School and former director of the school's Summer Chamber Music Festival.

Dr. Tocco has been a guest lecturer at UMass Lowell and Northeastern University, as well as a regular lecturer at Brookline Adult Community Education.

Sarah holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from Boston University.