People at Eliot
Rev. Domenik Ackermann
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Rev. Domenik graduated in 2017 with a Master's in Theology after his studies in Göttingen, Heidelberg, and Beirut, where he focused on ecumenical dialogue and interfaith relations.
During his studies in Germany, he was awarded a scholarship from the Lutheran World Federation to study Orthodox Christianity and Islam in Lebanon. After graduation, he further enhanced his studies, including his deep interest in Jewish-Christian dialogue, focusing on worship and liturgy. Hence, in 2018, he began working on his Ph.D. at Boston College, where he studied Jewish and Christian forms of prayer. He is currently finishing his dissertation, which develops a theology of prayerfulness through the engagement of Jewish and Christian sources.
Raised in the German Protestant Church (EKD), Rev. Domenik is rooted in the German Lutheran tradition. Upon moving to the United States with Ariel in 2017, he joined the UCC and started his first full-time position as a Pastoral Associate at ERUCC in Frederick, MD – a designated term between January and July 2018. In Summer 2018, Rev. Domenik and Ariel moved to Boston. Since then, he has worked at Acton Congregational Church as Director of Family Ministries and West Parish Church in Andover as the Associate Minister for Education. His interests in Ministry are ecumenical issues, interfaith dialogue, and worship. He is currently co-representing the United Church of Christ at the Jewish-Christian dialogue table at the National Council of Churches.
Director of Music Ministry
Monique Weiss Byrnes
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Music has been a significant part of Monique’s life, and a second language for her family as she and all her siblings grew up studying several instruments and performing in school, community, church, and family music ensembles. Monique attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music for organ performance and choral conducting for her bachelor and master's degrees. While at Oberlin she spent time in Europe teaching and performing, inspiring her to continue this life professionally in the Boston area.
Monique has been a music director, organist, pianist, accompanist, singer, and teacher for churches and communities in the Boston Area. She has accompanied and vocally coached the Newton Community Chorus since 1998. One concert was held at Eliot and Monique got to play Eliot's fabulous organ in their performance of Benjamin Britten's "Rejoice in the Lamb." Monique has also played piano in Leggiero Trio, played piano and sang in a jazz quartet and founded the Mosaic Modes Music Studio. As a church musician between the years 1987 - 2014, she was music director of Grace Episcopal Church in Norwood and St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Natick. She is on the music faculty at Newton Country Day School as a choral director, accompanist, and organist. Classical, jazz, and choral music are languages that she continues to learn and practice and actively perform, conduct, and teach.
Monique lives in Foxborough with her husband Brendan, a professional drummer. They have a son Luke and a daughter Chloe. Monique's interests include gardening, painting, and cooking and she takes part in yoga and kayaking.