Category: Monthly Themes

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.

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.

April 2020: Liberation

Dear Friends,

Our theme for this month is liberation.  If I’m being honest, when I first figured this out, I couldn’t help but laugh a little and roll my eyes. Liberation? Now? As we’re all sitting in our respective homes, avoiding contact with others at all … read more.

March 2020: Wisdom

Dear Friends,

The theme for services during the month of March is Wisdom. March is also the start of our annual pledge drive so over the next month or so, you will hear brief statements from members of First Parish to hear what the congregation means … read more.

February 2020: Resilience

Dear Friends,
We are dedicating the month of February to the theme of resilience, and I can think of no better theme for us at this moment. The Soul Matters Circle introduction challenges us to rethink our conception of resilience as a trait that we cultivate … read more.

January 2020: Integrity

Dear Friends,
Our theme for this month is integrity – something that at least I have always been taught to aspire to, something to strive for, to build my character towards. I’ve always thought that integrity is the mark of a good person and something that … read more.