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We are a community of adults, youth, and children seek­ing to deepen spiritually, to take care of one another, and to be a blessing to the world.

We are a school for compassion, gratitude, and gener­os­ity.

These are some of the things we care about at First Parish Church: We value spiritual depth, spiritual growth, and spiritual maturity. We value service to others, especially to those outside the walls of the church and to those in need. We value gen­er­os­ity and view increasing gen­er­os­ity as part of the spiritual life. We value being a “permission granting” church. By this we mean saying yes to new ideas and pos­si­bil­ities which are consistent with and further the mis­sion and values of the church. We value taking care of each other. We will be asked to take care of the members and friends of our community who are in need. We will receive care when we are in need.

As a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association, we affirm and promote the principles of the UUA. As a Welcoming Congregation, we actively welcome gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people as full participants in the life of the church.

In other words, our congregation and our Unitarian Universalist faith are engaging, partici­pa­tory, and inclusive. All are welcome at this table. Join us!

 Congregation 15th anniversary

Welcoming Congregation, 15th anniversary (photo by Susan Fry)

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11 Years of Water Communion Words    [ 09/18/2019 10:40 PM ]

Here is a short video of the words this community has spoken at Water Communion ceremonies (f.k.a. Gathering of the Waters) from 2008 to 2019:

The video is protected by a password at Vimeo; that password is the same as the one for the Members area of If you don't have this password or have lost track of it, send a private message on Facebook to First Parish Church of Groton or email

Audio and Transcripts of Sermons at FPCoG    [ 09/15/2019 12:24 PM ]

Here are links to audio of the most recent sermons at FPCoG. All the available sermons going back to 2008 are linked from this page.

September 15, 2019: The No Becoming Yes ( AudioTranscript )

June 2, 2019: Gone to the Fields to Be Lovely ( Audio )

May 19, 2019: The Place We Stand on the Days our Feet are Sore ( Audio )

May 12, 2019: Kiss This Beautiful, Holy Ground ( Audio )

May 5, 2019: Perpetual Becoming (Marisa Benson) ( Audio )

April 28, 2019: Restoring a Cemetery in Bialystock (Josh & Amy Degan) ( Audio; Bialystok Cenetery Restoration )

April 21, 2019: The Doors of Hope ( Audio )

April 14, 2019: Living at the Edge of Our Imaginations ( AudioTranscript )

>> All of 2019’s and 2018’s sermons

Words from the Water Communion and In-Gathering, 2019    [ 09/08/2019 03:28 PM ]

Every year in September, on the occasion of the first service of the church year, we hold a ceremony we are now calling the Water Communion — the beginning of the process of making the holy water we will use throughout the year for many purposes, including blessing infants and sending young adults on their way. Each member of the community brings some water from somewhere their life has taken them over the summer.

We begin the ceremony by pouring some of last year’s holy water into a large vessel. This water contains traces of the water from each year before, stretching back now 20 years. Then each member of the community adds their water to the mix and speaks a single word. As we do every year, we have gathered these words together into a single image (click the link to open a new window). Larger words were spoken more frequently.

For comparison, here are our words from 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008. (The words for 2012 were, alas, not recorded.)


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