Category: Monthly Themes

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.

January 2021: Imagination

What do you think of when you hear the word imagination?

Does it bring you to your youth and make you think of magical places where you were the dragon slayer? Or the damsel locked away in a castle?

 Does it bring you to a place when … read more.

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.

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.

May 2020: Thresholds

Dear Friends,

I’ve never been comfortable writing – much of anything. I’ve always been more of a numbers guy, the stereotypical introvert, nerd-type…so with the deadline for this month’s Message From The Board looming, I cringed at the thought of taking this on, but finally agreed…so … read more.