The Reverend Richard Edens
Reverend J. Richard Edens has accepted the call of The Congregational Church of Weston to serve as Designated Term Pastor for the next three years.
He came to Weston from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he served as Senior Pastor of United Church of Chapel Hill for 38 years. He received his M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. He and wife, Jill Edens, has re-located to the Boston area to be closer to their daughter, Rev. Ruth Edens, and her family.
The Reverend Jill Edens
Reverend Dr. Jill R. Edens has accepted the call of The Congregational Church of Weston to serve as a Designated Term Pastor for the next three years.
She came to Weston from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she served as Senior Pastor of United Church of Chapel Hill for 38 years. She received her M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and her D.Min. from Lancaster Theological Seminary. She and husband, Richard Edens, has relocated to the Boston area to be closer to their daughter, Rev. Ruth Edens, and her family.
Catherine Liddell Dertouzos
Christian Education Director
Catherine Liddell Dertouzos has been a member of the Congregational Church of Weston, UCC since 1996 and has served as a Deacon and as Chair of the Christian Education Committee. Her love of children led her to accept the position as Director of Faith Discovery for Children, a position she has held since 2002. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and the Musik Akademie of the City of Basel, Switzerland, she is also a well-established free-lance musician in the Boston area performing on theorbo and lute with many of the area’s leading period instrument ensembles.
Zen Kuriyama is currently a PhD student in musicology at Brandeis University, where he is also currently a Teaching Fellow for the Department of Music and a Graduate Writing Tutor for the University Writing Center. He also holds a Master of Sacred Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, in the state where he is proud to call home. Recognized as an emerging scholar on sacred music, Zen currently provides the program-booklet essays for Musica Sacra New York—NYC’s longest continually performing professional chorus—and his first peer-reviewed volume chapter will appear in the book Christian Music Traditions in the Americas, to be published by Rowman & Littlefield in late 2020.
Dooseon Woo is the pianist/organist at the Congregational Church of Weston since 2018. In addition to playing at church, she is an experienced dance pianist, having worked with major dance organizations such as Boston Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In South Korea, she conducted churches’ choirs for many years and was invited to conduct the Samsung-Tesco Homeplus Employee Choir in 2010. As a music educator and certified Dalcroze teacher, she teaches classes and leads workshops in the USA and South Korea. She received a Master of Music Education from Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea. Her article, The Study of Teaching Choir Based on the Dalcroze Approach, was published by the Korean Association of Arts Education.