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Jars of spring water are not enough anymore.

Take us down to the river.

— Rumi

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Groton Community Dinners

First Parish Church of Groton is a founder of the Groton Community Dinners program.

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!




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Black Lives Matter vigil on the town common, Dec. 24, 2014



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Boston Gay Men's Chorus Is Returning to Groton: Sunday March 8, 2015    [ 02/19/2015 09:33 AM ]

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First Parish Church of Groton and First Parish Church United in Westford present the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 3:00 pm at the Groton-Dunstable Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased in advance during coffee hour on Sundays, or in Groton at: Blackbird Cafe, Bliss Bakery, Main Street Cafe, and Second Hand Prose Books, or online. Tickets will also be available at the door (cash only) the day of the performance. All net proceeds will be donated to Gay Straight Alliances in several local schools to spread awareness of LGBT and bullying issues. Check out our Facebook page.

Renewal of Giving Pledge Packet    [ 02/11/2015 07:51 PM ]

Here is a PDF copy of the 5-page pledge packet that FPCoG members and friends received in the US mail last week. (Download size is 653 KB.)

Arthur Blackman's Reflections (2009)    [ 02/08/2015 10:30 PM ]

In January of 2009, Arthur Blackman’s ascended to the pulpit to recount his meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — right here in Groton — and travel to Washington DC in 1963 to witness the historic “I Have a Dream” speech. Here is the audio (19:35, 45 MB). A click should play it in your browser; right-click to download it.

A big thank you to Shawn McCann for resurrecting this irreplaceable reminiscence from a DVD archive created by Jeff Close.


Narthex Exhibits for January And February    [ 01/31/2015 09:31 AM ]

Do not miss Jack Wool’s thought-provoking work in conjunction with Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month. His first display, Barriers to African-American Self-Expression, focuses on several world-renowned African Americans, their struggles overcoming barriers to succeed in their fields of science, sports, and art prior to the 1960s, and their impact on America and the world. Jack plans to rotate in new individuals and move others out to create a slowly changing display which will include for each person what made them important, and relevant quotes related to the impact of discrimination and being judged upon one’s merits.    more ‣ ‣
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