Pastors' Blog

Sep 15, 2021 - Amy Norton

Greetings to you, and Peace, from the One who is, and was, and is to come!

This week, perhaps fitting for our return to in-person worship, we hear the story of Jesus' first sermon to his hometown, Nazareth. At first, the crowd goes wild, positively kvelling with pride: "Isn't that Mary and Joseph's boy? I knew him when he was a baby! Look at him now!!" But after Jesus shares a bit of his plans with them (namely, that...

Sep 09, 2021 - Kent French

After eighteen months, we are finally going to hold worship in our beautiful Sanctuary again. It's a little hard to believe that we have gone this long without it.

All through this pandemic, we have gathered with ingenuity and faithfulness, both online and outdoors. We have Zoomed and pre-recorded and chatted and hiked and strolled and held outdoor worship in our Memorial Park. The creativity and resilience has been truly inspiring. Based on our summer survey, 70 of you indicated a...

Sep 02, 2021 - Amy Norton

As we finish up our summer series focusing on our 50th Anniversary theme of "Rooted in our Past, Reaching into our Future," we are pivoting from our run of former seminarians, and reaching even further into the past to welcome back our co-founding Pastor, Vic Scalise, who served the newly-formed United Parish from 1970 to 1977.

Since leaving United Parish, Vic has served in 17 Interim ministries, served as the President of New England Institute for 12 years and the Vice President for...

Aug 26, 2021 - Amy Norton

As we continue our summer series focusing on our 50th Anniversary theme of "Rooted in our Past, Reaching into our Future," we are inviting our past seminarians to preach for us and tell us a little about how United Parish roots them and helps them reach into the future. This week we get to hear from our 2019-2020 seminarian, Jaz Buchanan.

Jaz came to us from the Metropolitan Community Church tradition, and helped shepherd us into the initial virtual worship innovations of the COVID...

Aug 19, 2021 - Amy Norton

As we continue our summer series focusing on our 50th Anniversary theme of "Rooted in our Past, Reaching into our Future," we are inviting our past seminarians to preach for us and tell us a little about how United Parish roots them and helps them reach into the future. This week we get to hear from our 2018-2019 seminarian, Wilson Hood. 

Wilson came to us in his final year at Harvard Divinity School, a preacher's kid whose deep abiding love for God's beloved children shone out of...

Aug 12, 2021 - Kent French

This summer we are focusing on our 50th Anniversary theme of "Rooted in our Past, Reaching into our Future," and invited our five past seminarians and founding pastor to preach and share how this community rooted them and also helped them reach, and to hear what's happened in their life and ministry since leaving United Parish. The past two Sundays we heard from Cydney Van Dyke (2014-16) and...

Aug 05, 2021 - Kent French

In our summer emphasis on our 50th Anniversary theme of "Rooted in our Past, Reaching into our Future," we have invited our five past seminarians to preach and share about how this place rooted them and also helped them reach, and to hear what's happened in their life and ministry since leaving United Parish. Last Sunday we heard from Cydney Van Dyke (2014-16) and this Sunday we'll hear from Lindsey Franklin (2016-17), currently the Associate Pastor for Development at...

Jul 29, 2021 - Kent French

Image credit: "Iron 'sankofa' symbol on a memorial to the enslaved workers who 'helped' build the Unitarian Church in Charleston, SC" by Spencer Means. ‘Sankofa’ comes from the languages of Ghana and means: ‘it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot.’ Learn more ...

Jul 22, 2021 - Kent French

Thirty-seven years ago, our neighbors at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church began a food pantry ministry. Over the years the Brookline Food Pantry (BFP) has grown and eventually became its own non-profit, setting up satellite locations in state-funded affordable housing at High and Egmont Streets. Recently they started Brookline Thrives, a...

Jul 15, 2021 - Susan DeSelms

Dear Congregation,

Where were you when the COVID-19 pandemic became a reality? When life as we knew it came to a screeching halt, and careened into a reality that looked and felt lot more like a dystopian novel than real life? Where were you the day that choirs, and singing communities fell silent? This Sunday (at 9am), I will share some of my experiences of “life during Covid-19.” I'll also share some of the lessons I’ll take with me into in-person worship, and some thoughts, hopes,...

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