Rev. Fred Small is Senior Minister of First Parish in Cambridge, Massachusetts (Unitarian Universalist) and co-chair of Religious Witness for the Earth, a national interfaith network dedicated to public witness on critical environmental issues, especially global climate change. He is a spiritual teacher, a singer and song-leader, and an advocate for peace, justice, and earth care.
After graduating from Yale (BA, American Studies) and the University of Michigan (JD, MS Natural Resources), Fred worked as a staff attorney for the Conservation Law Foundation. Fred left CLF to tour internationally as a folksinger and songwriter, releasing seven albums over two decades. After earning his MDiv degree from Harvard, Fred was called to serve First Church Unitarian in Littleton, Massachusetts, where he was ordained and installed November 7, 1999. He was called by First Parish in Cambridge April 20, 2008.
Fred has received the Peace and Justice Award from the Cambridge Peace Commission (1995) and the Religious Leadership Award from the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry (2006).
In 2007, Grist Magazine named Fred one of 15 Green Religious Leaders worldwide. Fred and the Pan-Latin ensemble Sol y Canto (www.solycanto.com) have recorded “Three Five O” in both English and Spanish as a powerful call for climate justice. See and hear their performance of Three Five O.
Fred lives in Cambridge with his wife, environmental advocate Julie Wormser, and daughter, Lucy Dao Lin Emerson.