Pastors' Blog

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,...

Jul 08, 2021 - Kent French

SUMMER WORSHIP premieres at 9am on our YouTube channel. Available anytime after that.

We often say that one of the great gifts of doing church and ministry in the Boston area is that we have a high number of young adults who become a part of our community. They come here for graduate school, a residency or fellowship, or a new job. Inevitably, some of them move on to the next chapter of their lives and we...

Jul 02, 2021 - Kent French

SUMMER WORSHIP premieres at 9am on our YouTube channel. Available anytime after that.

This Sunday, we reflect on Paul's letter to the churches at Philippi in Macedonia (verses 3:12-20) and the question of where our true citizenship lies (verse 20). We will be trying a shorter worship service for...

Jun 24, 2021 - Amy Norton

REMINDER: SUMMER WORSHIP TIME AT 9AM!

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...

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