Month: October 2021

Helen Robinson Wright Fun(d) Raiser 2021

Helen Robinson Wright Fun(d) Raiser 2021

You did it!  Our walkers, runners, and bikers set out and, in just over three weeks, clocked a combined 321 miles to raise $5,575.00 for the HRW Fund!  These dollars will soon go out to provide financial assistance to those in need in our community whether it be for food on their table, heat to warm their home, or electricity for their lighting—the one-time boost that can make a difference.  The Helen Robinson Wright Fund Committee is grateful for these participants who went these extra miles...

Evening Vespers at FPW Begins November 9th

Evening Vespers at FPW Begins November 9th

Join us on November 9th at 7pm for this quiet half-hour of music, prayer, readings, and silence, offered by Rev. Sophia with live music by Charlyn Bethel, Laurie Wadsworth and Jean Gauthier. This will be a time to enjoy our candlelit sanctuary and rest in the comforts of stillness. Evening Vespers will be offered on the second Tuesday of every month moving forward. You may sign up to attend in-person service here or watch on YouTube Live (link will be shared next week.) We ask that all...

“Our Ultimate Concern” – October 24th, 2021

Many of you already know that I was not brought up in this faith. My husband Jason and I were parents of young children living in a new town, hoping to build a community with people who cared about some of the things we did. And looking for a spiritual home that was theologically roomy. And not just for us, but also for our girls. I know many of you found your way here for these same reasons. I remember the first UU service we attended, surrounded by kind people who told us where to sign up to...

“Your There-ness” – October 3rd, 2021

As many of you know, my family and I had a big move over the summer–we moved from our little spot up north in Amesbury into the beautiful parsonage on Marshall Street in July. And as any of you who have moved know, packing up our house meant going through a lot of basement boxes–I had squirreled away at least ten sizeable bins marked “keepsakes” which meant a solid week of sorting. And we did this with our daughters, now 12 and 14, who gave Jason and I a hefty amount of teen snark over how...

Parish Committee News – October 29th, 2021

Greetings from Parish Committee, We are on our way in a new church year. In this time of change, there has been a flurry of important items and questions to attend to as we try to find a way to recover from the pandemic and begin to gather again in a safe way that includes all.  We hope we have answered some of your questions or created a path to explore the issues at hand and resolve them in way that is mutually satisfying to all. We deeply appreciate all the work the church members and...

Musically Speaking – October 8th, 2021

Those of us who are fans of the PBS Newshour might have seen a musician featured that made an immediate connection with me.  Her name is Arooj Aftab, and she is Pakistani.  She is a singer, a composer, and a producer, and her inspirations are neo-Sufi idioms; many of the texts she chooses are from Rumi.  Her dream was to study at Berklee School of Music and it came true!  I have trouble actually explaining what it is that makes an artist able to be on the same wavelength with me;  the language...

From Your Minister – October 1st, 2021

Friends,   I pray this finds you and yours well today.   The autumn equinox on September 22nd ushered us into a change in season. At this moment of transition, the equinox reveals a wondrous slant of yellow summer light, with the sun located directly above the equator, and day and night become equal in length. It’s a strange and in-the-balance moment before night begins to stretch itself out longer and longer as we approach the winter solstice in December, or the longest night.   For my part,...

October 2021