AUGUSTA — The Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Augusta recently hired two new staff members, a music director and director of religious exploration, a new position at the church.

The Rev. Carol Strecker, who previously served for nine years as parish minister at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Kennebunk, will serve as director of religious exploration. Joëlle Morris, originally from Evian, France, will be director of music.

Strecker was also associate minister at the Arlington Street Church in Boston, organizing its religious exploration program for children, youth and adults.

She received a master’s degree from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., and a master’s degree in social work from Boston University, where she worked with children, youth and families before attending seminary.

Strecker has studied Buddhist teachings and is a member of the UU Peaceful Heart Sangha in Yarmouth. She lives with her partner, Kate, in Cumberland.

Morris moved to Winthrop in 2011. She has a master’s of music in vocal performance and pedagogy from the Lamont Conservatory in Denver, Colo., and a bachelor’s degree in music from University of Colorado in Boulder.

She has given recitals both in France and in Switzerland. Since moving to Maine, Morris has performed at the Franco American Heritage Center in Lewiston. She was also named the new conductor of the CODA Chorus in Winthrop and recently opened a private voice studio at her home in Winthrop.

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