Category: Monthly Themes

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.

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.