Since January of 2019, The Neighborhood is led and served by two Co-Pastors the Reverends Holly Reid and Bill Bliss. They and our sexton, Michael McGuire are our three paid staff members.
Rev. Bill Bliss
Bill has been drawn to communities of spiritual transformation for all of his adult life. He is dedicated to the possibility of healing and wholeness for all individuals, and to a world that works for all beings. A life-long student of the Bible, Bill seeks to embrace and deepen his role in the evolution of the human possibility of healing.
Bill’s work as a community organizer, musician, and television producer led him to Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he received the Master of Divinity degree in 1988. After moving to New Mexico to study Native American spirituality, he was guided by his teacher to embrace his theological vocation by becoming an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ in 1992. He served congregations in Santa Fe and suburban Chicago before moving home to Maine in 1999 to serve in his current role as Pastor of the Neighborhood United Church of Christ in Bath.
Bill has been married since 1991 to Lucinda, an artist and professor. They have two children, Lincoln and Ray, currently in their twenties. An avid amateur musician, Bill plays guitar with The Expedition, a mid-coast Maine band.
Rev. Holly Reid was ordained in the spring of 2019. To learn more about Holly through various voices from The Neighborhood click here. Holly’s bio will be added soon!
Mick McGuire, Sexton
Mick is an organic farmer from Richmond, ME. He graduated Morse High School in 1975 and Maine Maritime Academy in 1979. He has sailed the high seas for 15 years, owned a Real Estate Company, a Landscape Company and worked at The Hyde School for seven years. Five of those years he spent teaching Algebra and the remaining two years he managed The Hyde Wilderness Program. Mick is passionate about nature and hopes to start a Climate Action Team for the city of Bath. He enjoys the sense of community at the church and being a part of it’s mission.