We’re delighted to share that Rachel Alba has accepted an offer to become our new Director of Religious Education! She starts at the end of February — say hello to her at the March Community night on Friday March 3rd from 6:00-8:00; or at her first Sunday with us on March 5th.
Rachel (she, her, hers) is thrilled to bring her passions, experience, and skills together in service to such a beautiful community. Raised Catholic in Northern Virginia, she’s always had a deep yearning for connection to the Sacred. This yearning has led her to study a variety of religious traditions and find spiritual riches available in them.
She has her MA in theology and ministry from Boston College with an emphasis in faith development and her BA in Theatre from Northwestern University focused on theatre in education. Prior to coming to UUCB, Rachel taught in a variety of settings to a variety of age groups, ranging from being the education director of a children’s theatre company, to being an instructor in Boston College’s theology and philosophy departments, to teaching religious education for ages 7 to 87.
Rachel finds delight and spiritual connection through the arts, especially playing piano, singing, and dance. She adores her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Loki, and she recently started learning to skateboard (please send good vibes/prayers for no broken bones).
Big thanks to the hiring team of Cathy Edwards, Kerri Wingert, Allison Churnside, Jennelle Freeston, and Brynja Heldadottir.
Religious education is one of the central pillars of our work as a church. Nurturing joy, wonder, curiosity, and gratitude rooted in our liberal tradition is why so many of us sought out this community. We’re delighted to have Rachel bring a dedicated focus to rebuilding and invigorating that dimension of our mission!