Ellen Rowse Spero has been serving as the minister at First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, since 2002. She grew up listening to stories of survival, loss, and resilience from her Jewish mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, all emigres from Poland. This inheritance has deeply influenced her faith and writing life. Ellen has an M.Ed from the University of Maryland and an M.Div from Wesley Theological Seminary. She lives in Acton, Massachusetts, with her husband, Josh, their two dogs, and occasional visits from their two young adult children.