Author: firstparishstoughton

November 2021: Holding History

“History” provides us with a story larger than the epic saga we make about ourselves (our identity).  Just as You as a being exist differently in your own and everyone else’s mind, history is not a monolithic truth. We do all sorts of things to get other people to … read more.

October 2021: Cultivating Relationship

The UUA suggested theme for October is “Cultivating a Relationship”.   As a First Parish Board member, I wondered what I could say about this, since I am not exactly a philosophical thinker (I believe Susan’s term for someone like me is “linear”).
The first thing that … read more.

June 2021: Play

Dear Friends,
Each June, we call all of our members together to our Annual Meeting. This is a time to welcome new members formally into our congregation, review and approve our proposed budget for the next fiscal year, and vote in new members of the … read more.

May 2021: Story

May’s Theme is Story

Tonight, I watched TikTok hair tutorials. I’ll never need them—not really my style, and a bit more involved than my rumple and go haircut requires. But this girl who made them had all smiles and charisma, bright-eyed joy exuding through the screen, … read more.

April 2021: Becoming

On Becoming the People (and the Parish) We Are Meant to Be  

I like cake. As anyone who knows me knows, I really like cake. (It’s one of the items that makes losing weight so tough.) Susan made scones the other day, and they are … read more.

March 2021: Commitment

Why does First Parish exist if not to meet the needs we have? What opportunities does this space create by dint of just being here? Life offers us the opportunity to be creative, to be busy, to use our talents through work, through friendships, and … read more.

February 2021: Beloved Community

“Community is the place where the person you least want to live with always lives…That person is always in your community somewhere; in the eyes of others, you might be that person.”
– Henry Nouwen

I love this quote and how it challenges us to engage in … read more.