Pastors' Blog

Archives: June 2021

Jun 24, 2021 - Amy Norton


This summer as we begin our summer sermon series, we are invited to contemplate what roots us in the past and how it carries us into the future. When there are things in the past that are fraught for us — say, religious trauma, illness, or, I don't know, a global pandemic, we can be so itchy to get into the future and leave the past behind us, that we may miss the ways it has touched us, and therefore miss opportunities to process and heal. And...

Jun 17, 2021 - Amy Norton

NEW TIME: Summer Worship premieres on YouTube at 9amavailable for watching anytime afterwards

 Dear Ones,

Summer begins this weekend - are you ready? What a year it has been, and what a season still lies ahead of us! As community members venture out for the first bits of travel since the pandemic began, as business reopen and as we get used to seeing the bottom half of one another's faces, and as news of new or more dangerous COVID variants populates our news feeds, it can feel...

Jun 10, 2021 - Kent French

In some churches the annual meeting can be, well, unpleasant and tedious. Hand-wringing over the budget, resistance to new changes, inappropriate, un-business-like conflicts over unacknowledged spiritual hurts. One of my mentors told of how he saw two men grab one another's neckties and nearly come to blows at an annual meeting over some issue on the floor. Exciting, but is this Christian community?

I am grateful to say that we view our bi-annual meetings (November and June) as...

Jun 03, 2021 - Amy Norton

Communion Sunday: prepare your own communion at home with whatever food or drink you have and we will bless and share this holy meal together.


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...