Please join our First Parish in Brookline family for Summer Services every Sunday morning at 10 am in Lyon Chapel through August 26.
Keep an eye out for the September Newsletter, which will be in your inbox on August 24th, for more information about our plans for Worship in the Fall as we welcome our new settled Senior Minister, the Rev. Lisa Perry-Wood. Opening Sunday is September 9, 2018!
July 1, 2018 - Simon Says - Join our Parish Administrator Alisa Joyce, Worship Associate Sally Moore, and Musician Nathan Freitas, for this pre-Independence Day service. How was Romans 13 understood during the American Revolution? And how is it being used now? We will look at the historical context of this Christian Scripture that has been used for both oppression and liberation; and have some fun with a game of Simon Says. Adults and children are invited to participate.
July 8, 2018 - Songs for the People - When daily life can leave us feeling isolated or struggling to find connection, the music we love can be an antidote. Our music tells the story of how we are bound up together -the story of our connectedness. Join us for a service of song and silence, of deeper connection and musical communion.
Matt is a musician and community organizer who has led hundreds of services for UU congregations across the country. He has a degree in hand drumming and serves as Director of Community Life for Sanctuary Boston.
July 15, 2018 - Spirituality: A Journey not a Destination - This service is led by members of this year's Spiritual Autobiography Group: Janet Britcher, Amy Brubaker, Nancy Marks, Dru Pratt-Otto, Prilla Smith-Brackett and Kim Whalen. How and why many of us end up in a UU Church can range from a deeply spiritual need to connect to a higher power, to a simpler desire to share community. For some, the experience has grown and changed over time. During this service, we will share some of our writings and reflections. We invite you to journey with us, allowing our words to mix with your own beliefs and understandings.
July 22, 2018 - A Path to Spirituality with Billy Collins - Members of the First Parish Poetry Circle present four poems by Billy Collins that provide options for answers to some spiritual questions like: What is Love?, Why Are We Here?, What is the Purpose of Poetry?
July 29, 2018 - Making Space to Nurture Community that Feeds Our Souls - Opportunities for deep listening and reflection are two ways to make space to nurture connection and community. So are making music together, sharing readings and participating together in meaningful ritual. Join Karla Baehr, Ellie Boynton, Steve Davis, Susan Larrabee, Laura Walters, and Ron Wilkinson in exploring ways to make space to feed our souls in community - large and small - at First Parish.
August 5, 2018 - To Sow the Seeds of Freedom - Join our Coordinator for Religious Exploration, Laci Lee Adams, for this intentionally kid-friendly service that will focus on the relationship between dreaming and justice and intergenerational connection.
August 12, 2018 - Going DEEP: Listening and Learning - Earlier this year, DEEP consultants Dr. Darnisa Amante and Rev Eric Jackson facilitated three workshops to support our Beloved Community in learning and working toward our commitment to our mission to “celebrate multicultural community” and “work together to dismantle racism.” On August 12, Robson Goulart, Prilla Brackett, Karla Baehr, and Jami Jordan will share their experiences of the deep listening, reflection, and story construction that were at the heart of the workshops - and how they gained new insights about their spiritual journeys. Music will include an original composition by Robson and indigenous music from Liberia performed by Alfred Brownell and his family.
August 19, 2018 - All Lives Are Blessed - This morning Rev. Eliza Blanchard will offer our annual Blessing of the Animals service. We’ll have great music, light candles of joy, concern and memory, and share stories. And we will of course take a moment to bless our beloved animal companions! Child-friendly activities will be offered, and all are welcome. (We ask that our beloved animal companions be leashed or caged for mutual feelings of security.) We begin at 10 am. in Lyon Chapel. Continue the sharing during Coffee Hour afterwards!
August 26, 2018 - Deepening our Presence in the World - Drawing on our individual stories, we will share the spiritual practices we follow that help us engage with others, enrich our faith, and make a greater difference in our world. We hope you will join Gerry Leader, David Cave, and Bob Williamson for this service.