Pastors' Blog

Aug 15, 2019 - Kent French

common art is an art studio for unhoused and low income people, which takes place weekly at Emmanuel Church on Newbury Street. Many of you recall past summer and autumn Sundays when we have invited artists from the studio to join us in worship and sell their works afterwards. 

Two of our members, Alicia Hsu and Terry Bruce, were so inspired by the work and...

Aug 08, 2019 - Kent French

Have you ever been in the midst of a group of people and felt totally alone? Maybe you’re an introvert and this happens all the time. Maybe you’re shy. Maybe you had something personally troubling going on, or maybe you needed to be around people, but just not interact with them too much. 

Psychological research tells us that all humans need a mix of autonomy, a sense that we can do it by ourselves, and relationality, an...

Aug 01, 2019 - Kent French

Have you ever moved far away from home and worried about what you will miss? Perhaps it was family, neighbors or friends who knew and loved you and were always there for you. Perhaps it was favorite hangouts, restaurants, coffee shops with a comforting atmosphere. Maybe it was your church, your spiritual home?

This Sunday, we continue our summer series, hearing from members and guests about the Milestones in Our Faith. We will hear from Denise Patmon, a long-time United Parish member...

Jul 25, 2019 - Amy Norton

Dear Ones,

One of the joys of this summer worship series has been learning about all of the different paths that have led us to worship on Sunday morning, or even just led us to our current faith. Sometimes these paths loop around, picking up different perspectives and experiences along the way, until we find the landing spot that fits us just right and feels like home.

Our homilist this Sunday is our beloved United Parish member, Casey Brown, who will share with us their...

Jul 18, 2019 - Kent French

NOTE: For this Sunday, 10am worship will be in our Sanctuary, not in Willett Hall.

Two years ago, Netflix came out with a six-part series called “The Story of God,” narrated by Morgan Freeman. It’s a well-produced docu-series that goes all over the world and explores how various faith traditions grapple with the idea of the divine. I was intrigued that they began the first episode of their story in discussing death.

Death is an inevitable part of our lives. I will die, you will...

Jul 11, 2019 - Amy Norton

Dear Ones,

For many years now, United Parish has partnered in ministry with common cathedral, an outdoor church for the housed and unhoused that meets every week on Boston Common. Our youth have participated twice in their CityReach program, we've hosted common art gallery shows, and we've...

Jul 03, 2019 - Kent French

About five years ago, a young couple came into our midst, after relocating to Boston from Texas to study theology. They have blessed us repeatedly with their musical gifts, their preaching, their Church School teaching, their active participation in our 20/30s group, ushering in worship and adding their thoughts and voices in a variety of meetings and social justice efforts.

Like some of us, Kendra and Chad Moore grew up in a conservative strain of Christianity. And like many of us,...

Jun 27, 2019 - Kent French

Summer Worship is at 10am, downstairs in Willett Hall

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me... Matthew 25:35

Have you ever entered a room, a building, a neighborhood or some other space where you knew no one at all? A place where you were going in essentially a stranger? How'd it feel? Were there butterflies in your stomach? Were you trying to sneak in and out, unnoticed? Were...

Jun 19, 2019 - Amy Norton

When we decided on the theme of Milestones in our Faith for worship this summer, I immediately thought of my call story, or the story of when/how I first felt called to ministry. I soon realized, however, that to me, it didn't really feel like a milestone. The true milestone for me was the role that my sense of call has played in my faith journey itself. Specifically, in the difficult 12 months after graduating Seminary, which were marked with loneliness, financial insecurity, and fear. This...

Jun 13, 2019 - Kent French

REMINDER: Summer Worship begins at 10am this Sunday, June 16, in Willett Hall

This past Lent, we embarked on a study of "Exploring our Faith," setting out on a weekly adventure of thinking about and articulating how we experience and describe our faith. We did this exploration individually and in study groups. On Easter Sunday, we shared some of our faith statements, both in the...