Pastors' Blog

Archives: July 2018

Jul 26, 2018 - Kent French

This week we continue our summertime theme of exploring what it means to be "Made in God's Image." We welcome United Parish member and ministry partner, Laura Shatzer, Associate Pastor and Chaplain of common cathedral, a church community that meets every Sunday on Boston Common. Once again, we will welcome about 30 "...

Jul 19, 2018 - Amy Norton

"Then God said, 'Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle...'"

-Genesis 1:26

Wait, what? I did a double take when I got to this verse in my Hebrew Bible/Old Testament class at Seminary...I thought Judaism was a monotheistic religion, but here is God being self-referential using plural pronouns! In fact, in many places in the Hebrew Bible, the Hebrew...

Jul 12, 2018 - Kent French

This past Spring, Amy, Susan and I attended a Prison Arts Roundtable at Boston University. Our host was Andre de Quadros, a visionary musician and activist, who leads and facilitates courses in artistic expression for people living behind bars. Our former Assistant Music Director, Trey, has been deeply involved in this work and introduced us to Andre.

At this forum, we heard directly from formerly incarcerated...

Jul 05, 2018 - Kent French

This week, we continue our series of what it means to be "Made in the Image of God," and hear from a new member, Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby, a PhD candidate at Boston University School of Theology, studying practical theology in preaching.

She writes:I was in the fourth grade when my parents and I discovered that I needed corrective lenses. I had been squinting in class to see the chalkboard, and I had been getting headaches while trying to complete my homework. This was just the...