A Message from the Minister

I love church, even with all its shortcomings and imperfections. Honestly, I believe it holds the stuff of wondrous liberation at a time of collective unrest–for these are difficult days. In its truest sense, church longs to be a sanctuary for all; a place to draw close to a people so that we might know the sanctity of fellowship, belonging and care; a place to seek and ask and deepen our spiritual lives. This is the potential of church.

And I am glad and grateful to be the minister here at the First Parish of Watertown. These are a kind and deeply loving people, doing so much good in the community and world. If you’re thinking about visiting us, I hope you too will feel the love and welcome that thrums at the center of this our spirit’s home. It truly is a special place.

Our Unitarian Universalist faith celebrates the role of clergy in communities and congregations, and it also celebrates and centers the shared ministry of the people–for we are all called to bring our unique gifts and ministries to church and to the world. As the wonderful UU minister, Rev. Rebecca Parker, says, “None of us alone can save the world. Together—that is another possibility, waiting.”

Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with me if you’d like to connect. I’m generally able to meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, with Wednesdays offering weekly drop-in office hours from 9am-11am from September through June. Friday is my sermon writing day and Monday is my day of rest, which I call Sabbath. I take personal vacation time during the month of July.

I hope to have the chance to know and welcome you. I hope to learn about the gifts you bring to this our shared ministry, as well as the needs you carry. And I send you great, great blessing on your journey.

In faith and with love,
Rev. Sophia Lyons

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