Pastors' Blog

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...

Jun 06, 2019 - Kent French

All-Parish Potluck and Spring Meeting this Sunday, after Worship. Come and hear our plans for the year ahead and stay for as long as you can!Church School Teacher Appreciation Breakfast, 9:45am, Memorial Park (or Parlor if rainy)

This Sunday is the Day of Pentecost, that annual liturgical holiday when we remember the fiery, blustery, confounding and clarifying power of the Holy Spirit coming among the first Christians and helping them understand one another, despite their differences...

May 30, 2019 - Amy Norton

 Dear United Parish Family,

If you’re reading this, chances are you have some feelings about being a teenager- whether it’s something you’re looking forward to with joy or anxiety, something you’re right smack dab in the middle of and trying to navigate, or something you look back on with a whole mix of memories, angsty and nostalgic all at once.

And you know...

May 23, 2019 - Amy Norton

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor- would you be mine? Could you be mine?

I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you,

I have always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you;

So, let's make the most of this beautiful day;

since we're together we might as well say,

"Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won't you be my neighbor?"

Hi Neighbor!

This Sunday, we're continuing in our theme of "...

May 16, 2019 - Kent French

Consecrate means to dedicate something to a holy purpose. We do it when we bless the water for baptism or pray over the bread and juice at communion. We are, in effect, saying that these are ordinary elements and we are now dedicating them to the work of God, that they may work in holy ways and inspire something holy in us.

Similarly, when I offer the Prayer of Dedication over the offering, I often say something akin to what we say at communion, asking the Holy Spirit to bless our...

May 09, 2019 - Wilson Hood

This Sunday, we continue our Eastertide theme of “Co-Workers in God’s Service” by exploring the life of a much-beloved figure of our faith, St. Francis of Assisi.

Even if you do not know the story or history of St. Francis, you may be familiar with some of the ways he continues to show up in our lives nearly 8 centuries after his death. Perhaps you’ve heard or read the...

May 02, 2019 - Kent French

This past week, you should have received your annual stewardship packet. Please take some time to look it over and thoughtfully consider how you want to take part in and support the good work and mission of the United Parish in Brookline. (Packets were handed out after worship on Sunday, April 28 and the rest were mailed on Wednesday, May 1. If you haven't yet received it, please email or check...

Apr 25, 2019 - Amy Norton

Alleluia! Christ is risen! Risen indeed! Alleluia, Alleluia!

We are in the glorious in between time! We dwell in between Mary's encounter with the Risen Christ on Easter morning and Christ's Ascension 40 days from Easter.

We dwell in a time when Jesus - resurrected and risen - visits with the disciples, his friends, and maybe even strangers. We see him cooking at the sea shore, slipping through a locked door to be with his friends, walking to Emmaus only to vanish once he is...

Apr 17, 2019 - Kent French

Throughout this Lent, we have been exploring what it means to express our faith. We have dug into the questions of: What is faith? Who is God? Who is Jesus? Who is the Holy Spirit? What is the church? What should our relationship be with the rest of the world? You can see some of the questions we’ve raised here.

We have done this in worship, with take-...

Apr 11, 2019 - Amy Norton

Beloved United Parish Family,

A few weeks ago, a dear friend of mine (and former United Parish Seminarian), Cydney Van Dyke was visiting me for an extended weekend, and we were sitting at The Biscuit Cafe getting some work done, just like old times at Divinity School. Naturally, we were doing much more talking, catching up, and generally theologically geeking out then actually working, but the Holy Spirit does work in mysterious ways, doesn't she? As we were talking, something she...