Reverend Lisa Mobayed grew up near us, in Fitchburg, MA.  She attended Brandeis University, concentrating in Philosophy and Psychology.  She had a wide-ranging pre-ministry career, founding an after school program for kids, working with environmental lawyers and a medical software company, and then finding her niche as an architectural design consultant.  On the threshold of starting architecture school, she was taken ill with a painful and debilitating condition. She writes of those difficult years, that she was left  “vulnerable and challenged, yet also stronger and more resilient”—and with a newfound faith in the divine.

 

 Restored to health and determined to share the love she had discovered during her illness, Lisa entered the M. Div. program at Andover Newton Theological School.  One of her professors wrote of her:  “She rates very high on the authenticity meter…LM demonstrated amazing social breadth … [during a study trip to Appalachia] she was equally at home among folk artists, Holiness preachers, mountain people, farmers, and the social activists who served as our guides… She is one of that rare company of students whom I would trust and want to minister to me.”  During seminary, Lisa completed her Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Vincent Hospital in Worchester.  She was a student minister at the Arlington Street Church a few blocks away from the Marathon bombing, and writes eloquently of how much ministering meant at that moment.

 

After graduating in 2013, she served for a year as a full-time Intern Minister at the First Parish of Wayland.  She helped this congregation find their way forward after the retirement of their longtime (38-year) minister.   From there, Lisa became the half-time minister at each of two small churches in the Connecticut Valley:  All Souls Church in Brattleboro, VT, and Walpole Unitarian in Walpole, NH.  One can only imagine the challenge of juggling two churches, two congregations, and two communities, each more than 50 miles from her home.  And yet the staff, lay leaders, and parishioners at both churches were unanimous in their praise of Lisa, citing her wisdom, spiritual authenticity, inspirational preaching, powerful pulpit presence, organizational skills, good listening, and adept handling of difficult situations.  

 

 Lisa’s husband, Charlie, is a clinical psychologist, with a practice in Lunenburg, MA.  Lisa and Charlie have two daughters:  Sophia is a sophomore at Connecticut College expecting to major in psychology and economics, and Olivia is at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design pursuing a Masters in City and Regional Planning.   Lisa and Charlie described their spiritual journey as a partnership:  first we were Catholics together, then we were atheists together, and now we are UU’s together. With her family or alone, Lisa loves to spend time in the natural world, and her ministry reflects a strong and enduring connection to the Earth.