This month the Parish Committee has continued its planning for our future.  During these times of such uncertainty, it often feels like we are walking in the dark toward a dim light ahead.  It is a time to find every bit of optimism and hope available.

I am so encouraged by messages of love we are hearing more and more frequently from our newly inaugurated president and vice president and from folks speaking out for a better world.  If you would like to continue to hear messages of how love can help to conquer the divides in this nation, the UUA is offering a 30 Days of Love Campaign.  They are offering weekly events on –line for adults, youth and families during January and February.  Check it out at https://sidewithlove.org/thirty-days-of-love.

Planning for a future for First Parish is about hope and love.  The Parish Committee is working to plan a structure for welcoming and supporting our new minister and we are envisioning how the Committee on Ministry might work with the Minister to support and inform our ministry going forward.  The finance committee is in the throes of planning for next year’s budget while dealing with a lot of uncertainties.  We will present an optimistic budget knowing that we will be able to take the lessons learned from this year and continue to be flexible and creative as circumstances change.  Our staff, together with the Buildings and Grounds and Worship committees is working to plan for technology so that we can continue to reach people who may not be able to attend in person worship when we return to our building.

We send our gratitude and congratulations to our Search Committee for all the hard work involved in carefully considering 24 applications for Minister and for all the time they are now spending interviewing and checking references. 

May some rays of hope enter each of your lives!

Sue Twombly for the Parish Committee
Kristin Bray
Nick Haddad
Jean Merkl-Gorman
Kelly Morton
Norah Mulvaney-Dey
Dia Warren

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The church is governed by the Parish Committee, made up of seven members elected by the congregation at the Annual Meeting for a term of three years. The Parish Committee sets policy, hires staff, and manages the overall direction and business of the church.