Pastors' Blog

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...

May 02, 2019 - Kent French

This past week, you should have received your annual stewardship packet. Please take some time to look it over and thoughtfully consider how you want to take part in and support the good work and mission of the United Parish in Brookline. (Packets were handed out after worship on Sunday, April 28 and the rest were mailed on Wednesday, May 1. If you haven't yet received it, please email or check...

Apr 25, 2019 - Amy Norton

Alleluia! Christ is risen! Risen indeed! Alleluia, Alleluia!

We are in the glorious in between time! We dwell in between Mary's encounter with the Risen Christ on Easter morning and Christ's Ascension 40 days from Easter.

We dwell in a time when Jesus - resurrected and risen - visits with the disciples, his friends, and maybe even strangers. We see him cooking at the sea shore, slipping through a locked door to be with his friends, walking to Emmaus only to vanish once he is...

Apr 17, 2019 - Kent French

Throughout this Lent, we have been exploring what it means to express our faith. We have dug into the questions of: What is faith? Who is God? Who is Jesus? Who is the Holy Spirit? What is the church? What should our relationship be with the rest of the world? You can see some of the questions we’ve raised here.

We have done this in worship, with take-...

Apr 11, 2019 - Amy Norton

Beloved United Parish Family,

A few weeks ago, a dear friend of mine (and former United Parish Seminarian), Cydney Van Dyke was visiting me for an extended weekend, and we were sitting at The Biscuit Cafe getting some work done, just like old times at Divinity School. Naturally, we were doing much more talking, catching up, and generally theologically geeking out then actually working, but the Holy Spirit does work in mysterious ways, doesn't she? As we were talking, something she...

Apr 04, 2019 - Kent French

Throughout Lent, we've been exploring our faith, trying to understand better what underpins our basic beliefs, our ultimate loyalty, our view of how the world, the cosmos and God all work. 

We started with the deceptively simple question: What is Faith? We've continued with an examination of each part of the Trinity: God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. 

This week, the question may be: so what do we do about it?

On Sunday, we will once again delve into these big questions by...

Mar 27, 2019 - Wilson Hood

A gust of wind. A gush of water. A flickering flame. A dove, wings outstretched, soaring through the sky. A breath. 

All of these are images in scripture associated with the Holy Spirit, the third and final aspect of the Trinity that we will encounter together in our Lenten series exploring basic concepts of the Christian faith.  

Unlike many other Christian communities around the world, many congregations in the United States often spend little time talking or thinking...

Mar 21, 2019 - Amy Norton

Greetings to you and Peace, from the One who is and was and is to come!

We are continuing our Lenten exploration of our faith, discovering what it means for each of us personally and how we express it individually and collectively.

You can read more about this exploration and other Lenten opportunities here. On the first Sunday of Lent, we explored the question,...

Mar 14, 2019 - Kent French

Do you ever question if God even exists? Or are you rock-solid sure about the existence of God? Are you somewhere in between? 

Do you ever have God moments -- those times when you have a sense of God or something God-like breaking through and touching your heart, mind and soul? Something like the re-awakening of nature each Spring, the first breaths of a newborn, holding the hand of a dying loved one, looking out at some immense natural beauty in the world?

Do you think of God...