We are a community of adults, youth, and children seeking to deepen spiritually, to take care of one another, and to be a blessing to the world.
We are a school for compassion, gratitude, and generosity.
These are some of the things we care about at First Parish Church: We value spiritual depth, spiritual growth, and spiritual maturity. We value service to others, especially to those outside the walls of the church and to those in need. We value generosity and view increasing generosity as part of the spiritual life. We value being a “permission granting” church. By this we mean saying yes to new ideas and possibilities which are consistent with and further the mission and values of the church. We value taking care of each other. We will be asked to take care of the members and friends of our community who are in need. We will receive care when we are in need.
As a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association, we affirm and promote the principles of the UUA. As a Welcoming Congregation, we actively welcome gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people as full participants in the life of the church.
In other words, our congregation and our Unitarian Universalist faith are engaging, participatory, and inclusive. All are welcome at this table. Join us!
Welcoming Congregation, 15th anniversary (photo by Susan Fry)
In addition to appearing on the Latest News page, the news items are listed below. Click the title links to see more details.
A Letter to the Editor(s) [ 12/03/2016 02:01 PM ]
|Here is the letter to the editors that Elea and the Board sent to local media outlets on Friday Dec. 2. The subject is the upsurge of incidents of hateful harassment since election day, and our church’s (and our faith’s) reaction to it.|
Upcoming Events and Volunteer Opportunities [ 11/11/2016 10:16 AM ]
|If you look closely at the “navigation” menu on the left-hand side of every page on the uugroton.org site, you will notice a new entry, “This Week.” Below this are “Volunteer Opportunities” and “Upcoming Events.” Check these two pages frequently. They will be updated at least once a week while church is in session. The entries on these two lists are taken from the weekly News, Needs & Opportunities email newsletter. (The Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs – page has moved beneath “About Our Community.”)|
Welcoming Congregation 15th Anniversary Service [ 10/28/2016 12:43 PM ]
|Sunday’s service celebrated 15 years of working towards being a Welcoming Congregation. Here are some photos from the day (4 by Krista Ingram and 36 by Susan Fry), the Order of Service, and the audio from Rev. Kemler’s sermon, “This is the Sound of All of Us.” Also, by popular request: Pat Lawrence’s chalice lighting, audio and transcript.|