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Archives: February 2021

Feb 25, 2021 - Amy Norton

This week, we are continuing our exploration of “the fruits of the Spirit,” (inspired by Galatians 5:22-23), looking at Gentleness, as exemplified in Jesus's ministry, and called for in James's letter to early Jewish Christians (3:13-18) and in Paul's letter to the Ephesians (...

Feb 18, 2021 - Kent French

 On Wednesday, we once again entered the season of Lent (February 17-April 3 this year), that time when our Northern hemispheric days start lengthening (thus the name "Lent") and we re-commit ourselves to digging deeper into our souls, finding new and creative ways to grow in faith and in relationship with God and others.

This Lent, we are delving into what it means to cultivate “the fruits...

Feb 11, 2021 - Kent French

For nearly a decade, we have enjoyed a friendship and collaboration with Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, led by the friendship between their Cantor Hollis Schachner and our Minister of Music Susan DeSelms.

This weekend, we celebrate this collaboration again, as our choirs lead us in songs that speak to our current moment of emerging from the "long, cold lonely winter" of 2020 that we might "lean into the light." Bringing music of...

Feb 04, 2021 - Amy Norton

This Sunday, we have the joy of celebrating our confirmation class and the educational and spiritual journey they have taken. Over the past church 'semester,' our confirmation class has been diving into some pretty big questions:

What is faith?

Who is God?

Who is Jesus?

What is the Holy Spirit?

What does it mean to be a Christian in the world?

What does it mean to be a Christian at United Parish?

And much, much more...They've met with and...