Reverend Tracy Johnson
The Rev. Tracy Johnson joined the Meeting House on July 1, 2020, as our minister. She served as a community minister with the nonprofit WE CAN – Women’s Empowerment through Cape Area Networking in Harwich Port, MA for the past five years and was the Affiliate Community Minister with the First Parish Brewster Unitarian Universalist congregation. Rev. Tracy holds a degree in Human Services, a BA in Women’s Studies, an MA with a focus in Spirituality from Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, and received her Master of Divinity in 2014 from Andover Newton Theological School. She is a minister in Full Fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association. Rev. Tracy is active in the Nauset Interfaith Association on the Lower & Outer Cape and chairs their Refugee Support Team. She is a Certified Master Reiki Practitioner. Rev. Tracy is retired from service with the State of Connecticut and lives in Brewster with her husband, Chuck, and their rescue pup Emma, where she enjoys walking near the ocean, reading, gardening, fiber arts, and cycling.
Frank Toppa is a full-time musician. In addition to his dedicated work as the organist and music director of the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House of Chatham, he teaches music half-time at the Chatham Elementary School and half-time at Belmont Day School outside of Boston, enriching the lives of scores of elementary schoolers.
Frank’s long and varied career has included teaching posts in the Brookline Public Schools, and Nauset Regional and Middle and High Schools, among others; he has served as Choir Director, Organist, and Handbell Director at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, and the Federated Church of Orleans, Frank plays String Bass with the Cape Cod Orchestra, Tuba with the Chatham Band, and Baritone Horn with the Harwich Town Band. He also plays Electric Bass with the Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble and the Sentimental Journey Band. Occasionally he can be found on a street corner playing the accordion. He plays almost every common musical instrument.
Frank holds a Master’s in Musicology from B.U. and Music Ed. in Organ Performance from UMass/Amherst, respectively, and a Bachelors in Music Ed. in Choral Performance from the Hartt College.
He has been an active member of IRAS, the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science for over 30 years and has been their music director at a number of conferences. He attended many UU General Assemblies in the '80s through the early 2000s.
Karen grew up in Acton Mass, spending summers in Ogunquit Maine with her family. In the summer of 2000 she came to Chatham for the summer to visit her older sister and she has been here ever since! Her husband is a commercial fisherman here in Chatham. If you find yourself at the Chatham Fish Pier, look for his boat - the Jack Tar! In 2006 Karen founded the Women of Fishing Families – a non-profit group that offers direct financial services to fishing families on Cape Cod. W.O.F.F. brings her great happiness and she is thankful to have to opportunity to support local fishing families on the Cape.
I joined the Meetinghouse in October 1996 when I moved to Cape Cod. I've participated in many activities, and been a former Treasurer.