Waquoit Pastor Named 2015 Human Rights Honoree by Church Women United of Cape Cod

Church Women United of Cape Cod has named the Rev. Nell Fields, minister of the Waquoit Congregational Church (WCC), as one its four Human Right Honorees for 2015.

"I am thrilled and, at the same time, humbled, to be named as a honoree," said Fields. "There are so many people on the Cape doing so many wonderful, life-giving and life-changing activities. To be called out is an honor, indeed. But truth be told, this award belongs to our congreation and to the wider Falmouth community."

Since coming to WCC four years ago, Rev. Fields has lead her congregation in initiating the Waquoit Farmers Market, Higher Grounds Coffee House, Animal Blessings and Animal Fair, Falmouth Builds Together, and "Death Cafe" where people can talk about that taboo subject of death. Nell also developed with Gosnold of Cape Cod series of workshops for clergy dealing with addiction. She took an early stand in support of immigrant children being housed at a nearby National Guard facility. Prior to joining WCC, she served as Chaplain at Westborough State Psychiatric Hospital, where she developed a state-wide initiative on hope therapy and related protocols.

Rev. Fields will be honored on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at a 10 a.m. brunch at Our Lady of Victory Parish Center, 230 South Main Street, Centerville.

Other honorees include Kerry Bickford, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension UMASS Extension Youth Development Educator; Elaine Brouillard, coordinator of the Cape Cod Tree of Life Committee; and Patrol Officer Brian Morrison of Barnstable Police Department.