Pastors' Blog

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...

Jun 28, 2018 - Kent French

REMINDERThis Sunday after worship, we will head over to Common Cathedral to serve food on the Boston Common and worship with our unhoused siblings in Christ. If you would like to help prepare the 100+ sandwiches we are bringing, please arrive at 9am on Sunday morning and come to the Parlor for a sandwich assembly line that would make Henry Ford jealous! 

In our own 10am worship this week, we will continue to reflect on the...

Jun 21, 2018 - Kent French

This Sunday we return to summer worship mode and go down to Willett Hall and begin at 10am. We will continue through September 2. Many of us really cherish the summer worship experience: it feels more communally connected, we sing better, we have communion every week, it's a little more relaxed. Frankly I LOVE it. The way we worship reflects more of our sense of the immanent God, that God is right there with us, on...

Jun 14, 2018 - Kent French

This Sunday, we will welcome friends from the Islamic Center of Boston (ICB) in Wayland, to lead us in worship. We will hear the beautiful Muslim call to prayer, read from the Quran (Chapter 3, verse 103), and consider what it means to have peace among interfaith siblings and cousins. I have also invited friends from our local Muslim community in Brookline to join us.

For...

Jun 07, 2018 - Kent French

Twice a year, we hold an all-parish meeting: once in November and once in June. For some, okay maybe a LOT of us, that may sound really boring. All-parish meeting. Hmm. Meh. I'll grant you, it's not the most exciting thing we do here, but it's a cool thing, a worthwhile thing.

It's a time when we pause and reflect collectively about where we are as a congregation, where we are headed, and most of importantly, where we think God is in the midst of this. And I have to say, from where I...

May 31, 2018 - Amy Norton

Greetings to you and peace, from the one who is and was and is to come! I find our scripture reading for Sunday to be a particularly comforting passage:

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for...

May 24, 2018 - Kent French

You remember the American Civil War, right? A bloody, awful time of deep division in this country: fathers and mothers against sons and daughters, brothers and sisters against one another. That division was already present in our founding as a nation, when the founders couldn’t resolve the issue of slavery. 

It was also the deadliest of all our wars, largely because of the amount of disease that spread untreated among soldiers. We continue to feel the...

May 17, 2018 - Kent French

Dear Beloved Members and Friends of United Parish,

I ask you to please take 2-5 minutes to read and reflect on the following.

This coming Sunday, May 20, is a special day in the life of our parish year. We celebrate the overall ministry of our church, one in which we all share, and we consecrate our pledges of time, talent and treasure for the year ahead (July 1-June 30). I would like for as many of us to...

May 10, 2018 - Kent French

Since Easter (April 1) we have been looking at various “Co-Workers in God’s Service,” a phrase borrowed from Paul’s letter to the churches of Corinth (1 Corinthians 3:9). We’ve largely chosen people who have been rock stars in the Christian faith: Thecla from the Book of Acts,...

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