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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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Great Circle Meeting on Finances    [ 12/04/2017 12:12 PM ]

Follow this link to the Members area for updated slides from the 2017-12-03 circle meeting and a link to a multimedia version of the presentation as given. (If you have mislaid the login credentials, please email the .)

Audio and Transcripts of Sermons at FPCoG    [ 10/10/2017 06:50 PM ]

Here are links to audio and (where available) transcripts of Rev. Kemler’s sermons for this church year. All the available sermons, going back to 2008, are linked from this page.

December 3: “Keep Turning Your Face Toward This Earth” ( Transcript )

November 12: “Stories of Hope” (Laura Wagner) ( Audio )

Note that the recorder failed to capture the last part of Rev. Kemler’s Nov. 5 sermon, due to an unfortunate seasonal time change. The transcript is linked below.

November 5: “The Difficult Angel Who Has Chosen You” ( Audio — partial | Transcript )

October 29: “Remembering William Perry Brandt” (Ellen Brandt) ( Audio | Transcript )

October 22: “Kind World Continues” ( Audio )

October 15: “Kind World” ( Audio )

October 8: “This Tender Thread” ( Audio | Transcript )

October 1: “Still Becoming Able” ( Audio | Transcript )

September 24: “The Holy Work of Showing Up for Life” ( Audio )

September 17: “A Tender Teaching” ( Audio | Transcript )


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