What’s Happening at First Parish

2021 Annual Meeting – April 11th

The 390th Annual Meeting of the First Parish of Watertown will be held online on the 11th of April, following the Sunday Worship Service.  Click here to see the full meeting warrant. 

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Our Pre-Candidating Weekends Are Complete!

In the Search Committee’s journey since late January, when we narrowed our candidate field from 24 to 3, we have been busy!  Over the course of three weekends in February and March, we’ve conducted 12 hours of interviews, 6 hours of social gatherings, and attended 3 services hosted by other “neutral pulpit” UU congregations.

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Musically Speaking – March 12, 2021

Our theme for March is commitment.  I have been thinking about how commitment usually starts as a personal decision, born of our inner drives, but that as we share our lives with others, commitment spills over to the people around us.  I think this is especially true...

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In the Interim – March 2021

This coming month at First Parish we will be reflecting together on the theme of “commitment.” Over the course of the next several Sundays, we will be considering the various commitments we make…to ourselves, to our families (however we define them), to our...

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Search FAQ: When do I get to vote on a minister?

Search FAQ: When do I get to vote on a minister?

We have been waiting a lot since mid-March 2020… waiting for a vaccine, waiting to see our loved ones, waiting for a hug, waiting for our communities to be open, waiting for a kinder world… At FPW, there is also waiting for the Ministerial Search Process.

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From the Parish Committee – February 26, 2021

This month, the Parish committee continued “tying up loose ends” by discussing several “who does what?” questions.  In the last two years, we have been discovering gaps in our understandings of who does what.  We have found many things for which we, as a congregation,...

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What’s with the big secret?

Wait. What? The Search Committee can’t say anything about pre-candidating ministers?

No. We cannot. Out of respect for the confidentiality of the candidates and their current communities, we can’t tell you things that would give any idea of who they are.

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Musically Speaking – February 12, 2021

As I have said several times recently, I have been working this year to make Black Lives Matter an overarching theme for music at First Parish.  In thinking about how to do this, I have been reflecting on how UU thinking helps give guidance.  For example, one of our...

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