Pastors' Blog

Jul 21, 2022 - Kent French

On Sunday, we will return to the Sanctuary for 10am worship.

Summer Worship Series: New BeginningsThis summer, we learn more about the faith lives of our members and guests as they reflect on what it means to embark on new beginnings. 

Have you ever wondered how mathematics and theology intersect? No?

Throughout her life, United Parish member and mathematics professor Kate H. has thought about this a lot. Particularly the power of One and the power of Zero, wondering...

Jul 14, 2022 - Kent French

THIS SUNDAY, JULY 17, we will have Worship on the Lawn.We will maximize shade under our maple trees and tents and welcome the breeze.Bring your sun hats. We invite families with young children to bring picnic blankets, if you like.In case of rain, we'll move into the Sanctuary.

Summer Worship Series: New Beginnings

Summertime is when we get to hear more about the faith lives of our members and guests. This summer, as we continue figuring out a new normal after two years of a...

Jul 07, 2022 - Kent French

On February 20, I preached alongside our sabbatical pastor, Peter Ilgenfritz, about the need for all of us to take regular breaks and the biblical mandate for a weekly sabbath rest. The next day I took that preaching to heart and embarked on a four-month-plus sabbatical, funded by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment. The sabbatical took us to...

Jun 23, 2022 - Peter Ilgenfritz

Sunday night, February 13 and I’m gripping the steering wheel on my way to Brookline wondering where I’m going and why I’m out here on a night like this.

The next Sunday, I shared that story with you on our first time meeting each other. I wondered if a sabbatical season might be a time for all of us to open our hands to receive the gift of this moment in time we will spend together.

That February snow storm now feels like a long time ago. Much has happened in the past four...

Jun 16, 2022 - Amy Norton

Dear Ones, 

Fresh off the heels of last week's All-Parish Meeting, where we voted in the newest slate of nominees and passed our budget (both unanimously) as well as heard a comprehensive report from our Financial Planning Team, we also had moments to reflect on all of the ways God has been at work (and at rest) in our community this past year.

We heard our UCC Area Conference Minister, Alex Shea Will preach on the importance of waiting for God's vision to unfold, and we turned...

Jun 08, 2022 - Amy Norton

Dear Church Family,

Can you believe our "program year" has come to a close and our June All Parish Meeting is upon us? 

What an incredible year it's been - from a return to in-person worship and church school, to our Outdoor Family Worship series, to our virtual Christmas Eve that stretched into a virtual January, to baptisms, a sabbatical, Easter festival worship, and more, we have been on quite the journey this year!

This Sunday, we welcome our UCC Area Conference...

Jun 01, 2022 - Amy Norton

Dear Ones,

As we mark the celebration of Pentecost, the liturgical holiday when the Holy Spirit swept in like a fiery tornado unleashing radical understanding amidst the worshipping crowd, it struck me that we are celebrating some miracles of our own.  

The story of Pentecost depicts a moment when the Spirit intervened to sew understanding and connection amidst a disparate crowd, leading to deepened connections and a flourishing community. This Sunday, in an era when most news...

May 26, 2022 - Peter Ilgenfritz

I tested positive for COVID last Monday after an afternoon walk with a friend in the Arboretum and not being able to smell the lilacs that were supposedly quite fragrant.

“You have COVID!”, she said, joking. I knew I had congestion and a cough from springtime allergies. I knew I didn’t have COVID. At least I didn’t when I’d tested last week. But that afternoon back at the office I took another test. 

I couldn’t believe it – two lines! What does that mean, two lines? I read the...

May 17, 2022 - 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 what? Even Jesus was a teenager, with all that that entails - ...

May 12, 2022 - Thomas Mitchell

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…

I’ve often felt that that opening to Ecclesiastes is overused. Nonetheless, it does not mean that it isn’t true.

This Sunday will be my final Sunday with you as Seminarian. In some ways, it seems as though our journey together has only just begun, and yet it has indeed been nearly nine months since we started together.

This Sunday, we’ll continue with the fourth week of our Eastertide series...