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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!

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

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Audio and Transcripts of Sermons at FPCoG    [ 01/12/2020 01:53 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.

February 16, 2020: Be Generous in Your Dreaming ( Audio )

February 9, 2020: Blessed Are the Forgotten, the Unrepresented, and the Kind ( Audio )

February 2, 2020: Patience Is More Than A Virtue (Nancy Baker) ( Audio )

January 26, 2020: The Place Where I Stand ( Audio )

January 19, 2020: Braver Together ( Audio )

January 12, 2020: To Hope Is to Give Yourself to the Future ( Audio )

January 5, 2020: Beautiful in the Inches ( Audio )

December 24, 2019: A Pinhole of Light ( Transcript )

December 15, 2019: In Defiance, In Hope, In Delight, In Gladness ( Audio )

December 8, 2019: Refections on a Superhero Peace Candle (Eric Elbot) ( Audio ); Undone and Imperfect, Alive and Filled with Grace (Rev. Kemler) ( Audio )

November 17, 2019: Vulnerability is the Path, Courage is the Light ( Audio )

November 10, 2019: The Way of The Heart (Marisa Benson) ( Audio )

October 20, 2019: These Fleeting Temples We Make Together ( Audio )

October 13, 2019: On Behalf of Life ( AudioTranscript )

October 6, 2019: Start Over, Always Start Over ( Audio )

September 29, 2019: In This Autumn Light, There Is a Path for Beginning Again ( Audio )

September 22, 2019: The Thread That Runs Between Us ( AudioTranscript )

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 )

>> All of 2020’s and 2019’s sermons

Small Group Ministry to Envision America’s Future    [ 01/04/2020 09:28 AM ]

The Small Group Ministry sessions “Deep Into the American Experiment” will be a blend of Samantha Powers’ “The Education of an Idealist” and Yuval Harari’s “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” to help us meld our hopes for America’s noble experiment. Join us in the Great Room starting Tuesday February 4th, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, initially weekly. Please contact Eric Elbot or call 508-932-2300.

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