Pastors' Blog

Jul 30, 2020 - Kent French

“Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.”  Paulo Freire, Brazilian educator (1921-1997)

This Sunday, we will hear about the international faith adventure of one of our lifelong members, someone who grew up singing, playing, learning and leading amid the loving, God-inspired care of our congregation.

After graduating high school a few years ago, Seanna decided to take a gap...

Jul 23, 2020 - Kent French

Over the past several years, God has blessed us with three couples who moved from other parts of the country to serve as grandparents here in Boston. They helped form our Growing Grandparents group. And they serve our congregation and the wider community beautifully.

After retiring from serving as Presbyterian pastors in...

Jul 16, 2020 - Kent French

Psalm 101 begins: I am singing of grace and justice;I am singing to you, Lord.

Growing up as a music student, I had a budding sense of social justice. And as I practiced, rehearsed, sang and played in ensembles and took private lessons, I often wondered how art could be effective for the cause of justice. What did it have to do with feeding starving people, helping the poor, working against bigotry and racism, making...

Jul 10, 2020 - Kent French

This summer we are hearing from members and guests about their adventures in faith.

Adventure can be anything that pushes us outside our comfort zones, involves some risks, takes us into unchartered territory, challenges us and stretches us to grow. Sometimes we choose adventures and we go willingly. Other times they choose us and we go unwillingly. Faith can mean a set of beliefs about God and the world, a matter of ultimate trust and loyalty, a worldview.

So what does it mean...

Jul 01, 2020 - Amy Norton


This week we continue in our Adventures in Faith summer sermon series! To hear last week's message from guest preacher JT Hills about venturing into the unknown, click here!

As many are aware, June was Pride month. I was 22 when I learned that Pride was a whole month, not just a parade, and it was a few years after that that I...

Jun 25, 2020 - Amy Norton


Last week, we heard Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III's prophetic sermon challenging us to examine just when the "someday" of "we will overcome someday" is.

We kicked off our summer sermon series "Adventures in Faith," and as Kent wrote in last week's blog, "Adventure can mean all sorts of...

Jun 18, 2020 - Kent French

NOTE: This Sunday, June 21, we begin streaming worship at 9AM, our new summer time (through September 6) on our YouTube channel.

All-Parish Zoom Meeting, 10am: I hope you will all make every effort to attend our Spring All-Parish meeting on Zoom, at 10am or directly after worship this Sunday. God has some exciting challenges and opportunities for us in the year ahead. Check your Friday and Sunday morning...

Jun 11, 2020 - Kent French

Rooted in the Past, Reaching into Our Future

Where there is no vision, the people perish. Proverbs 29:18

In 1970, ponchos, fringe, tie-dye shirts and bell bottoms were in fashion, Stokely Carmichael and Angela Davis were leaders in the Black Power movement, the National Organization for Women (NOW) was lobbying hard for the Equal Rights Amendment, Boeing introduced the 747, Carl Yaztrzemski began his ninth season with the Red Sox, the anti-war movement was growing stronger, and...

Jun 04, 2020 - Kent French

For eight years now, we have enjoyed a mutually congenial relationship with Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland. The core of this congregational relationship is the friendship between their Cantor Hollis Schachner and our Minister of Music, Susan DeSelms, who also serves as Choir Director at the...

May 28, 2020 - Amy Norton

Dear United Parish Family,

Pentecost Sunday in the Before Times was marked with streamers, bells, red paraments, and a whole lotta Holy Spirit. Pentecost Sunday in the time of COVID will also be marked with streamers, bells, red paraments, and just as much (if not more) Holy Spirit. I'd like to think that the Holy Spirit is ever increasing in our lives, especially in times when we are spread apart from one another- she has much more space to fill now!