Speaker: Rev. Susan Milnor

“Shedding Tears, Mending Tears”

The title of this week’s sermon turns on the two meanings of “tears”: the tears we shed upon feeling hurt or regret and the rips we must mend in human relatedness.  During this time of the Jewish High Holy Days, when one of the world’s … read more.

“To Belong Everywhere”

We know that we human beings long to belong to groups, tribes, nations, something larger than ourselves.  Current science suggests the very circuitry of our brains is wired for it.   But so often the ways we seek it prove hollow and unsatisfying, for what Bene … read more.

Ingathering Sunday

Welcome Back Event: “Make a Joyful Noise” Everyone is invited downstairs to Hale Hall from 9:30 am to 10:20 am to make simple instruments with which to celebrate our homecoming. We’ll end by parading at 10:20 around the outside of our meetinghouse … read more.

“These Messengers” – Flower Ceremony

Most Unitarian Universalists celebrate the Flower Ceremony, created by Norbert and Maja Capek in the 1930’s.  In this, our last regular Sunday of the congregational year, we will celebrate the Flower Ceremony and consider why of all our UU rituals, this one endures. The story … read more.


Somehow in the midst of a year that had held many challenges, good things have been happening at First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist.  Today we celebrate milestones that remind us how and why community life is important to us:  appreciation of congregational ministries; recognition of … read more.

“The First Parade”

Memorial Day holds some surprising roots, including racial ones, which we need to remember if we are to acknowledge the depth and complexity of the occasion.  The day is, as Mark Bellinti writes, “a time for remembering  the human loss in human wars, the silence … read more.