Pastors' Blog

Jul 11, 2019 - Amy Norton

Dear Ones,

For many years now, United Parish has partnered in ministry with common cathedral, an outdoor church for the housed and unhoused that meets every week on Boston Common. Our youth have participated twice in their CityReach program, we've hosted common art gallery shows, and we've...

Jul 03, 2019 - Kent French

About five years ago, a young couple came into our midst, after relocating to Boston from Texas to study theology. They have blessed us repeatedly with their musical gifts, their preaching, their Church School teaching, their active participation in our 20/30s group, ushering in worship and adding their thoughts and voices in a variety of meetings and social justice efforts.

Like some of us, Kendra and Chad Moore grew up in a conservative strain of Christianity. And like many of us,...

Jun 27, 2019 - Kent French

Summer Worship is at 10am, downstairs in Willett Hall

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me... Matthew 25:35

Have you ever entered a room, a building, a neighborhood or some other space where you knew no one at all? A place where you were going in essentially a stranger? How'd it feel? Were there butterflies in your stomach? Were you trying to sneak in and out, unnoticed? Were...

Jun 19, 2019 - Amy Norton

When we decided on the theme of Milestones in our Faith for worship this summer, I immediately thought of my call story, or the story of when/how I first felt called to ministry. I soon realized, however, that to me, it didn't really feel like a milestone. The true milestone for me was the role that my sense of call has played in my faith journey itself. Specifically, in the difficult 12 months after graduating Seminary, which were marked with loneliness, financial insecurity, and fear. This...

Jun 13, 2019 - Kent French

REMINDER: Summer Worship begins at 10am this Sunday, June 16, in Willett Hall

This past Lent, we embarked on a study of "Exploring our Faith," setting out on a weekly adventure of thinking about and articulating how we experience and describe our faith. We did this exploration individually and in study groups. On Easter Sunday, we shared some of our faith statements, both in the...

Jun 06, 2019 - Kent French

All-Parish Potluck and Spring Meeting this Sunday, after Worship. Come and hear our plans for the year ahead and stay for as long as you can!Church School Teacher Appreciation Breakfast, 9:45am, Memorial Park (or Parlor if rainy)

This Sunday is the Day of Pentecost, that annual liturgical holiday when we remember the fiery, blustery, confounding and clarifying power of the Holy Spirit coming among the first Christians and helping them understand one another, despite their differences...

May 30, 2019 - Amy Norton

 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 a whole mix of memories, angsty and nostalgic all at once.

And you know...

May 23, 2019 - Amy Norton

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor- would you be mine? Could you be mine?

I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you,

I have always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you;

So, let's make the most of this beautiful day;

since we're together we might as well say,

"Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won't you be my neighbor?"

Hi Neighbor!

This Sunday, we're continuing in our theme of "...

May 16, 2019 - Kent French

Consecrate means to dedicate something to a holy purpose. We do it when we bless the water for baptism or pray over the bread and juice at communion. We are, in effect, saying that these are ordinary elements and we are now dedicating them to the work of God, that they may work in holy ways and inspire something holy in us.

Similarly, when I offer the Prayer of Dedication over the offering, I often say something akin to what we say at communion, asking the Holy Spirit to bless our...

May 09, 2019 - Wilson Hood

This Sunday, we continue our Eastertide theme of “Co-Workers in God’s Service” by exploring the life of a much-beloved figure of our faith, St. Francis of Assisi.

Even if you do not know the story or history of St. Francis, you may be familiar with some of the ways he continues to show up in our lives nearly 8 centuries after his death. Perhaps you’ve heard or read the...