Author: firstparishstoughton

December 2020: Stillness

Stillness is a relative thing, it gives itself away when all else fades. The hubbub of this and that cannot go on forever, for it takes a lot to sustain commotion. Stillness is the background upon which our cartoonish lives are printed. Stillness emerges in … read more.

November 2020: Healing

Dear Friends,

The Soul Matters theme for this November is healing. When I reflected about how we help each other heal at First Parish, I immediately thought about the work of the Caring Committee and Shawl Ministry. I thought about how we hold each other in … read more.

2020 Harvest Fair!

Due to 2020 covid-precautions, our Holiday Fair has transformed into the Harvest Fair! Food-to-go (turkey dinner, homemade soups, and baked goods) can be picked up from our friendly chefs.

Turkey dinners will be hot on Friday, refrigerated to be re-heated on Saturday. Soups will be … read more.

October 2020: Deep Listening

Hello all!

As we head into October of 2020, I seem to be settling in on the new ways of living since COVID. My daughter is back to school, and that has been an interesting challenge to figure out how all of that will work; and, … read more.

September 2020: Renewal

Dear Friends,
Greetings on a lovely summer morning! The cicadas are sawing away, katydids and crickets are singing. COVID has forced us into a slower, more grounded pace of life; and it certainly offers ample opportunity for reflection. So, let’s reflect. Does the COVID-induced FPUC diaspora illuminate our fundamental reason … read more.

Community Cabinet, September Items

First Parish of Stoughton has a Community Cabinet as a neighbors-helping-neighbors way to make sure everyone in our community has non-food items for household cleaning and personal care. Please stop by and drop off items you have to donate or pick up items that you … read more.

Statement Against Racism and Call to Action

The First Parish of Stoughton decries the killings and other mistreatment of Black Indigenous People of Color by police and other law enforcement personnel in the United States. We recognize that dismantling systemic racism and white supremacy will take a concerted effort of changing policies … read more.

June 2020: Compassion

The Hard Work of Compassion
A couple of days before I learned that this month’s theme was “compassion,” my sister had sent me a message about combating “compassion fatigue.” She is a veterinarian in Texas and has struggled with how to stay positive when having to euthanize … read more.