Reverend Robert Francis Murphy was raised in a divided
"Part of my family is Roman Catholic and part is
Protestant," notes Bob. "I love both sides of my family and
I care for both."
"In today's world, families are divided by religion, by
generational conflicts, and by all sorts of things. It's the
Unitarian Universalist tradition that helps me to help
others. Our churches want to affirm the inherent worth and
dignity of every person."
Rev. Murphy helps people in different faith traditions - and
people who are "spiritual but not religious" - with their
wedding ceremonies, memorial services, and community
gatherings. For more than twenty years, Bob has been an
officiant at same-gender weddings.
Bob is a peacemaker but he's a bit unusual. In 2011, Rev.
Murphy received a Special Service Award from the national
Sierra Club. Our minister was honored for more than forty
years of what is now called "environmental justice
ministry." Bob's combination of human rights advocacy with
environmental protection work has taken him to Ethiopia, the
Middle East, Ireland and England, and to Cuba, and to other
places in the world. He helped to launch the Green Sanctuary
program during the early 1990s and he worked with Rev.
Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley to prepare the Unitarian
Universalist "Environmental Justice" statement in 1994.
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In 1995, Rev. Murphy received his Master of Divinity degree
from the Harvard Divinity School. He has a Master of Public
Health degree from Boston University. In his community work,
Bob has long been involved with child and elder advocacy,
disability rights work, and emergency services. During an
era of climate change, he encourages young people and older
people to work together.
Bob was a circuit riding minister in North Carolina during
the 1990s. From the year 2000 to the autumn of 2015, he was
a minister on Cape Cod, on the coast of Massachusetts. He
received awards from the NAACP and the Red Cross. He joined
our congregation in 2015.
Bob is married to Helen (Lyn) Dalzell, who is a physician's
assistant with a background in social work.