Lindsey Franklin: Spiritual Bread
By Kent French
August 5, 2021 - 10:47am
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 Richmond Hill, an ecumenical Christian retreat center, committed to spiritual development and racial reconciliation.
Many of us may not realize just how much our congregation helps these seminarians root in their faith, their sense of call and vocation, or how much we help them reach into their future. Lindsey had a powerful experience of this among us and on Sunday, she will look at John 6:24-35, when Jesus talks with his followers about the importance of spiritual bread for lifelong sustenance, following up on his feeding of the five thousand (which we explored on Sunday, July 25). She will inquire about how Jesus delights and nourishes us and how we in turn delight and nourish one another. And more specifically, how United Parish did that for her.
Join us this Sunday as we welcome Lindsey back into our "virtual" midst. Tune in at 9am on our YouTube channel here or anytime thereafter. She will also join us in Zoom coffee hour after worship.
Summer Worship: Rooted in the past, reaching into our future
This summer, we highlight our 50th anniversary theme and hear from members and friends about how the United Parish and other parts of their faith lives have helped root them and also reach into the future. Upcoming homilists include:
August 8 Lindsey Franklin (2016-17), Associate Pastor for Development, Richmond Hill, Richmond, Virginia
August 15 Anna Burnham (2017-18), Research Assistant for Religious Literacy and the Professions, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
August 22 Wilson Hood (2018-19), Hospice Chaplain, HopeHealth, Providence, Rhode Island
August 29 Jaz Buchanan (2019-20), United Parish Member in Discernment for Ordination, Chaplain Intern, Beverly Hospital, Beverly, Massachusetts
and Pastoral Resident, First Church in Cambridge (UCC), Cambridge, Massachusetts
September 5 Vic Scalise, Founding Pastor, United Parish in Brookline
Recent summer homilies:
June 20 Caroline Saxton, Guest Preacher, here
June 27, Amy Norton, Associate Pastor here
July 4 Kent French, Senior Pastor here
July 11 Kendra & Chad Moore, departing members, here
July 18 Susan DeSelms, Minister of Music, here
July 25 Arielle Chernin, Brookline Food Pantry Operations Manager here
August 1 Cydney Van Dyke, Seminarian 2014-16, current Associate Pastor, First Congregational Church of Greenwich (UCC), Old Greenwich, Connecticut here
Image: Deb H., Lindsey Franklin, Rob H. at United Parish in Brookline, June 2017