Month: October 2020

From the Parish Committee – 10/23/2020

At the end of September, the Parish Council met and ratified goals for the upcoming church year.  One of our goals is to continue to work to sustain our community.  In this time of separation we will need to continue to find ways to stay together and to watch out for one another.  The Parish Committee has discussed ways that we can find those in our congregation who may no longer feel connected.  Some may be experiencing any number of crises or may not have a way to access our on line services...

Beyond Categorical Thinking

Will the new minister hear me? Will my concerns and needs be met? Will the minister understand what I’m living with? How will the community respond to our minister? In answering these questions, a picture of the “ideal minister” (categorized by age, gender identity, nationality, physical or cognitive ability, race, sexual orientation, etc.) comes to mind. With this picture in place, it can be easy to unintentionally exclude ministers who fall into certain categories. At times, as we get caught...

Musically Speaking – October 2020

Sometimes Deep Listening for me is to hear something new in a piece of music each time I listen to it.  To do that, the music has to be first and foremost the only thing I am thinking about.  Music at our house is seldom in the “background”.  Years ago, as a college student and music major, I took it upon myself to listen over and over to a piano piece by Charles Ives, the Concord Sonata.  These pieces are abstract, certainly an acquired taste;  one does not walk away from hearing Ives...

Adult Enrichment and Learning Forums in October

Wednesday, October 14, 7:00-8:30 – “American Police” “Black Americans being victimized and killed by the police is an epidemic. A truth many Americans are acknowledging since the murder of George Floyd, as protests have occurred in all fifty states calling for justice on his behalf. But this tension between African American communities and the police has existed for centuries. This week, the origins of American policing and how those origins put violent control of Black Americans at the heart...

In the Interim – October 2nd, 2020

Welcome to October, the first full month of shorter days and longer nights, as the leaves on the trees begin to turn and fall in earnest! This month will be a busy one at First Parish, as you are invited to participate in cottage meetings and focus groups and a very important workshop, all sponsored by your amazing Ministerial Search Committee! Your participation at this point in the search process is vital, so please do try to attend at least one cottage meeting as well as the Beyond...

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