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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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In addition to appearing on the Latest News page, the news items are listed below. Click the title links to see more details.

Balancing the Church Budget    [ 04/13/2019 12:30 PM ]

With the Renewal of Giving Campaign results in hand, the Trustees now face the challenge of coming up with a balanced budget for the coming fiscal year. To assist them with this process, they are inviting congregational input on the choices involved. For an update on the current status of the FY20 budget and a preview of the choices to be made, please click here.

2019 Easter Week Services at First Parish    [ 04/03/2019 02:32 PM ]

Good Friday Healing Service — Friday April 19, 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Easter Sunrise Service — Sunday April 21, 5:30 am at 100 Hollis Street, Groton
Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Children of All Ages — Sunday April 21, 9:00 am on Minuteman Common (in front of church)
Easter Service — Sunday April 21, 10:00 am in the Sanctuary
First Parish Passover Seder — Saturday Night, April 27, 5:30–8:00 pm in the Vestry
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Understanding the Church Budget    [ 03/29/2019 10:55 AM ]

With the Annual Renewal of Giving campaign in full swing, the Trustees are working on a budget for the coming fiscal year. Their proposed budget for FY20, the twelve months from 7/1/2019 through 6/30/2020, will be on the agenda of the May 19 Annual Meeting. For more information about this important topic, including some new wrinkles in this year’s budget development process, please click here.

Audio and Transcripts of Sermons at FPCoG    [ 10/07/2018 03:05 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.

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

March 24, 2019: Radical Hospitality: Notes for Living on Planet Earth ( Audio; TranscriptFather Boyle’s speech )

March 17, 2019: Larger Worlds Than We Can Imagine ( Audio )

March 10, 2019: Loaves, Fishes, and My Grandmother’s Cookies ( Audio )

March 3, 2019: Loved into Being ( Audio [partial, missing the last 1–2 min.]; Transcript )

February 24, 2019: The Fibrillating Heart of the World ( Audio; Transcript )

February 17, 2019: UU Faith (Jane Thickstun) ( Audio )

February 10, 2019: The Kindness Which Sustains This Beautiful, Aching World ( Audio )

February 3, 2019: Faithful to Living ( Audio )

January 13, 2019: Flesh and Blood and Bone and Spirit ( Audio; Transcript )

January 6, 2019: How to Give Yourself to This World ( Audio )

>> All of 2019’s and 2018’s sermons


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