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GBIO’s Lobby Day – April 11

Want to reach out to the State Legislature for housing justice? Come to GBIO’s LOBBY DAY! Thursday April 11, at 10:30am  at the front steps of the State House at 24 Beacon Street in Boston The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), of which United Parish is an active member, has been working for nearly three years on these critical housing issues: More funding for the state’s woefully underfunded public housing portfolio of 41,500 units housing about 70,000 of our most vulnerable residents Local option for a Real Estate Transfer Fee assessing a small fee on high-end real estate sales, with proceeds going to… Read More

Walk for Hunger 2024

WALK FOR HUNGER – MAY 5, 2024 Do you have enough to eat?  Are you willing to share?  You (and your friends!) can help others who have difficulty affording food by joining and/or contributing to Project Bread’s annual Walk for Hunger, the oldest charity pledge walk in the country and a long-time United Parish tradition.  This link connects to the United Parish Team page, where you can donate online.  You can also add your name as a team member, letting your friends know you are raising funds that help food pantries and many other food programs in Massachusetts throughout the… Read More

Poetry in America Screening and Conversation

Poetry in America Screening and Conversation with TBZ Member Lisa New and Tracy K. Smith Monday, April 8 at 7pm at Temple Beth Zion (TBZ) (1566 Beacon Street, Brookline). Co-sponsored by United Parish in Brookline. Join us for a screening and discussion of the 25-minute film, “Hill Country.” “Hill Country,” written by Tracy K. Smith, is a contemplative poem that explores connections between the divine, the natural world, and the human experience. It invites readers to reflect on the spiritual qualities of nature and the potential for witnessing the “holy” participating in ordinary moments of life. In this episode, both… Read More

Thrifty Threads Updates – March 2024

March set a new record for donations out for Thrifty Threads! Donations were sent to a variety of charity partners that service people in need of clothing support. 266 bags or 2,793 lbs. or 1.4 tons of quality used clothing. Included in this number are 100 prom and fancy dresses (estimated to be 10 bags): 78 were donated to the Cinderella Project in Maine; 22 were donated to the Belle of the Ball in Massachusetts. Also included are 22 bags to fulfill special requests, primarily for children. Additionally, we took at least 25 bags (262.5 lbs.) to textile recycling services… Read More

Growing Grandparents Outing

Growing Grandparents and anyone else who is interested, are invited on a walking tour of Cutler Reservation in Needham at 10am on Wednesday, April 24. The main entrance on Kendrick Street is about a 25-minute drive from United Parish and offers a number of level trails, all well-maintained. Click here for a digital map and downloadable trail maps (of which we’ll plan on having copies). Cutler Pond is home to large flocks of swans and many other birds and there should be lots of early spring foliage. Mike and Mary McConnell will be leading the hike. Cutler Park is a… Read More

Newcomers’ Tour and New Member Classes

New to United Parish and want some orientation, or a long-time attendee who never quite got a hang of the building’s layout? Join us immediately after worship on Sunday, April 21 at 12:30pm in the Marion Street Lobby (outside the church office) for a tour of the building and to hear a little more about where our various ministries take place! Register here (not required, but a headcount is helpful!). Save the dates for upcoming New Member Classes: Sunday, May 5, 12:30-2pm in the Parlor: Learn more about United Parish, our beliefs, the benefits/responsibilities of membership, and our governance structure… Read More

Conversation with Kent and Amy

Join Pastors Kent and Amy as they spend a few minutes chatting with Rev. Darrell Goodwin about how our congregation is living out our collective Southern New England Conference vision of Living the Love and Justice of Jesus. This is part of a series called “Go Tell it on the Mountain” that Rev. Darrell does to highlight the churches he’s visiting in the SNEUCC. https://www.facebook.com/sneucc/videos/1380768889233836/… Read More

The United Parish Mental Health Team invites you to join them for the NAMI Walk

Join us in supporting the National Alliance on Mental Illness on Saturday, May 18 from 9am-1pm at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common. Register to walk with Team United Parish by clicking here. Donations welcome! For more information, visit namimass.org/nami-walks-massachusetts. Contact the Church Office at office@upbrookline.org…. Read More

African American Heritage Hymnals

We are raising additional funds to purchase a complete congregational set of the African American Heritage Hymnals. Each hymnal costs $21.50. We are only $720 away from our goal of purchasing the remaining copies needed to fully stock our pews with them, alongside our New Century Hymnals. If you’d like to help sponsor the purchase of this set of hymnals, please contact Susan DeSelms at susan@upbrookline.org…. Read More

Sign up to be a liturgist in worship!

We’re looking for folks to sign up for our rotating liturgist schedule. Liturgists read the scripture passage or give the offering invitation. It’s only about 10 minutes of your time every 3 months, and it’ll be a huge help to our worship service. Sign up here and we’ll add you to the rotation. We will send out reminders at the beginning of the month and help you find backups if needed. Thanks! Contact the Exalting Ministry Team at exalting@upbrookline.org…. Read More