Pastors' Blog

Jul 10, 2020 - Kent French

This summer we are hearing from members and guests about their adventures in faith.

Adventure can be anything that pushes us outside our comfort zones, involves some risks, takes us into unchartered territory, challenges us and stretches us to grow. Sometimes we choose adventures and we go willingly. Other times they choose us and we go unwillingly. Faith can mean a set of beliefs about God and the world, a matter of ultimate trust and loyalty, a worldview.

So what does it mean...

Jul 01, 2020 - Amy Norton


This week we continue in our Adventures in Faith summer sermon series! To hear last week's message from guest preacher JT Hills about venturing into the unknown, click here!

As many are aware, June was Pride month. I was 22 when I learned that Pride was a whole month, not just a parade, and it was a few years after that that I...

Jun 25, 2020 - Amy Norton


Last week, we heard Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III's prophetic sermon challenging us to examine just when the "someday" of "we will overcome someday" is.

We kicked off our summer sermon series "Adventures in Faith," and as Kent wrote in last week's blog, "Adventure can mean all sorts of...

Jun 18, 2020 - Kent French

NOTE: This Sunday, June 21, we begin streaming worship at 9AM, our new summer time (through September 6) on our YouTube channel.

All-Parish Zoom Meeting, 10am: I hope you will all make every effort to attend our Spring All-Parish meeting on Zoom, at 10am or directly after worship this Sunday. God has some exciting challenges and opportunities for us in the year ahead. Check your Friday and Sunday morning...

Jun 11, 2020 - Kent French

Rooted in the Past, Reaching into Our Future

Where there is no vision, the people perish. Proverbs 29:18

In 1970, ponchos, fringe, tie-dye shirts and bell bottoms were in fashion, Stokely Carmichael and Angela Davis were leaders in the Black Power movement, the National Organization for Women (NOW) was lobbying hard for the Equal Rights Amendment, Boeing introduced the 747, Carl Yaztrzemski began his ninth season with the Red Sox, the anti-war movement was growing stronger, and...

Jun 04, 2020 - Kent French

For eight years now, we have enjoyed a mutually congenial relationship with Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland. The core of this congregational relationship is the friendship between their Cantor Hollis Schachner and our Minister of Music, Susan DeSelms, who also serves as Choir Director at the...

May 28, 2020 - Amy Norton

Dear United Parish Family,

Pentecost Sunday in the Before Times was marked with streamers, bells, red paraments, and a whole lotta Holy Spirit. Pentecost Sunday in the time of COVID will also be marked with streamers, bells, red paraments, and just as much (if not more) Holy Spirit. I'd like to think that the Holy Spirit is ever increasing in our lives, especially in times when we are spread apart from one another- she has much more space to fill now!


May 21, 2020 - Kent French

According to the Gospel accounts, after Jesus' resurrection, he hung out with his followers for awhile. They walked, talked and ate together. They consoled one another and revisited his teachings. We remember this time with our own liturgical Fifty Days of Easter (April 12-May 31 this year).

And then, he left them again and ascended into heaven. And that's when the movement started to take off. That's when it was up to his followers to take his ministry out into the world.


May 14, 2020 - Kent French

All believers were together and had everything in common. Acts 2:44

This one of my favorite verses from scripture. It shows the solidarity, commitment and interdependence of the early Christian community in figuring out how to continue the ministry of Jesus. At our best, I believe we do this at United Parish.

Despite this pandemic, our community has remained remarkably “together.” We have remembered what we have in common, namely, our connection to God and to one another. We...

May 07, 2020 - Kent French

We are in the season of Eastertide, the Great Fifty Days between Easter (April 12) and Pentecost (May 31) Sundays, when we actively re-imagine the risen Christ living, working, playing and conversing among and through us. It's also our Stewardship season at United Parish, when we come together and make our service and financial pledges for the next program year (due May 17). Learn more here.