Rev. Betsy Tabor, Minister
Our settled minister as of August 2016, Betsy hails from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A life-long New Englander, she grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts, majored in Russian Studies and went on to receive an MBA at Columbia University. She has come to the ministry after enjoying a business career in NYC and, with husband John, raising a son and a daughter, both back-country skiers and engineers out west.
Swept up by the poetry of Unitarian Universalist worship in her forties, Betsy embarked on the path to ministry. She graduated from Andover Newton Theological School in 2014, winning the school preaching prize. After a two-year internship at the UU Church of Reading, Massachusetts, she completed a year of chaplaincy training at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Rev. Betsy was ordained in June 2016 at South Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Rev. Betsy is our Settled Minister, beginning August 2016 (3/4 time). You can expect to see her in the pulpit two to three times each month throughout the year. She is also available for weddings, memorial services and other ministerial services. Her office hours are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and some Thursdays.
Shana Aisenberg, Director of Music
Shana is an acoustic musician, composer, singer, songwriter and writer. She has metamorphosed many times throughout her career, artistically and personally. On any given Sunday, you’ll hear Shana play piano, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, ukulele or percussion. She incorporates diverse music styles, including Appalachian, Celtic, Klezmer, blues, gospel and jazz. Shana has performed nationally, recorded numerous albums and written music instruction books. She’s taught at workshops and festivals nationwide and teaches private students and classes locally at The Community School in Tamworth and at Mountain Top Music Center in Conway.
Children & Youth Program
Marion Posner grew up in Scotland, England, and Wales before returning to her birthplace, Tamworth, with her family in the 1990’s. Her working life has encompassed international Human Rights, teaching & hands-on educational research, writing, acting and storytelling. Since living here, she and her husband, Richard, have established a small school, Tamworth Learning Circles, and a children’s theatre company, Snapdragon. They have designed and run ‘Walking Through History’ trips in Europe.
Paul brings a rich mix of life experience to UUFES. An administrator in his youthful Oregon years, he is a local cheese maker, farmer, father of four children and husband of Francesca. A good writer with a good eye, he’s created a website and waits tables at Flatbread Company in North Conway. Paul lives right down the street from UUFES. Paul is in the office Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.