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Lowell Kingsley Memorial Service

A memorial service will be held for long-time First Parish Dorchester member Lowell Kingsley, Saturday, September 23, at 2 pm at First Parish Dorchester. Read More »

Ode to Joy

Did you know the hymnal has three hymns that one sings to the well-known Hymn to Joy tune? Maybe that’s because joy is a many varied thing. Come to worship and let’s sing all three hymns and explore joy’s many dimensions.  Read More »

May Play

What if playing was seen an essential ingredient of a healthy, holy life rather than an “extra” that we get to have when all the work is done? What exactly is play and why is it only for kids? Perhaps play holds clues for us on how to live in harmony in this complicated world.  Read More »


Come to church today to learn why naturalist John Muir didn’t like hikers, though he probably climbed more mountains than just about anybody. Come to sing songs that celebrate the great good earth, come to seek forgiveness for our neglect and to recommit to care for creation. Read More »

When the Tomb is Really a Womb

Faith is both a private matter and a communal enterprise. But to be able to see the darkness not as the darkness of the tomb but the darkness of the womb needs a faith that comes to life within a community. Read More »

The Wounded Way to Transformation

None of us gets through life without wounds of one sort or another. We can be overcome by them, and sometimes even defined by them. We can also learn from, grow from and love through our wounded places to reach one another in shared understanding and compassion.  Read More »

Creating a Just World

How does social change happen? What do we need to learn from those who came before us and how will this inform the justice movements of our time? Read More »

The Resilient Spirit

The earth is now showing signs of life, as it does every year. So too, we humans rebound after loss, failure and setbacks. How do we do that?  Read More »

On the Occasion of the 387th Anniversary

Founded in 1630, First Parish Dorchester is within sight of its 400th anniversary. How do institutions as old as FPD balance history and freshness? How is the story of this place evolving? On this special Sunday let us celebrate and dream.  Read More »

Together in These Times

The two week Stewardship Campaign kicks off today. The number one thing that people are saying they need now in their lives is community. A strong community at First Parish needs members giving of their time, talent and treasure - together. Read More »

A Time for Prophets

Throughout history, prophets have appeared in times of great upheaval and discord. Our nation is in turmoil and as we look around for guidance in these troubled days, we seek prophets to guide us through the mayhem. Who has the authority to speak truth to power? Who is qualified to dispute the “alt news” and “alt facts” that flood our senses? The answer is closer than you think.  Read More »

Right Living, Right Dying

Perhaps the greatest act of courage is facing our mortality. Drawing from Atul Gawande’s recent book Being Mortal, let us sing, pray, listen and explore life and end of life.  Read More »

Standing on the Side of Love

Standing on the Side of Love is the UUA’s public advocacycampaign that seeks to harness love’s power to stop oppression. It is also a wonderful hymn written by Jason Shelton, which we will sing this Sunday. And it is a stance toward life and justice which is worthy. Read More »

A Call to Action

Most of us aren’t born brave, but grow in courage through action. When we take action with others, we discover that courage can be contagious. Read More »

Congregations as Sustenance, Sanctuary, Refuge, and Faith

Why come to church? Perhaps because you and our world stand in need of transformation, and here it can happen. Read More »

Between the Rock and the Hard Place

This coming week embraces both the MLK holiday and the Inauguration of Donald Trump as President.   What a sobering contrast:  one gave his life to the principle that all people are precious;  the other dedicated himself to " The Art of the Deal" and that the exploitation of the physical  environment has little or nothing to do with the human environment.  At such a moment we can take heart from actions of our own UUA Board that has embraced "Black Lives Matter " initiatives as a means of "speaking truth to power".  Read More »

The Prophetic Imagination of Walter-Brueggeman

Few theologians have awakened pastors and churches from a stultifying slumber as much as Brueggemann. His is a radical critique of the Empire, that points us to solidarity with others, a sharing or resources, and the practice of neighborliness. Read More »

Half a Cloak

Reflections on generosity to others and to self. Read More »

The Heart of Things

A Christmas Eve homily about getting to the heart of things. Read More »

This is a Camp of Prayer

What are the spiritual muscles that we need to strengthen for these times? Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen reflected on prayer, resistance, the presence that is required of us, and her recent time at Standing Rock.  We welcomed Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen to our pulpit as guest preacher on December 18, 2016. Elizabeth is the Leadership Development Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color at the UUA.   Read More »

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