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  • A Community of Lifetime Learning and Caring
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Washing Dishes in the Sacred Kitchens – November 21, 2010

A friend of mine once told me that she felt everyone ought to spend at least a few months waiting tables, at sometime in their lives. For many people in the world, providing food and hospitality to strangers is a primary career, rather than a temporary job. But for folks who are going to do just about anything else with their lives, this friend of mine – who had worked in restaurants before and as a theater major might well have anticipated doing so again in the future – felt strongly that they ought to get a little bit of the experience. Read More >>

Great Acoustics

From a musical perspective, First Parish is uniquely blessed with a sanctuary featuring excellent acoustics and a visually beautiful pipe organ. The choir at First

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Parish sings for Sunday service twice a month as well as for all major holiday services. The choir is 18 members strong, with a good balance amongst all four sections. Four professional singers lead each section to provide a solid choral sound.

Loving the Hell Out of Life – November 14, 2010

A few weeks ago there was a rally held on the national mall in Washington. You might have heard about it on the news, or saw footage from it; at least one of us here today, I know, was there in person. That rally was hosted by comedian and media critic Jon Stewart. It was billed as a chance to promote reasoned discourse, a counterweight to the loud and angry voices in politics. Now, I will tell you that I enjoy Stewart’s work, and also that I disagree with him on a great many things. His rally wasn’t really my scene, and so I didn’t plan to watch any of it. But a number of friends, and some of you, in fact, commended to me the speech that he gave at the end of the rally. So, on those strong recommendations, I watched the video of that speech. Read More >>

Lost and Found – November 7, 2010

Standing on a thin patch of grass between the road and a huddle of trees, we waited for the it to arrive. We leaned out from the sign-post, watching down the winding street of cobblestone and asphalt, anticipating. We had our hiking shoes on, and I wore a big, ridiculous hat to keep the sun off of my face. The two of us, my partner Sara and I, were visiting central Mexico, staying with a local family and studying Spanish. Each morning and afternoon, as we walked from our host-family’s house to the school and back again, we had seen it pass us by: the bus. After the first several days of exploring our neighborhood we wanted to see what the downtown was like, to visit the cathedral and the zocalo. And that meant taking the bus. Read More >>

We Are Guests in Each Others’ Lives

“We are guests in each others’ lives,” a wise friend once told me. It was one statement in a much larger conversation between a whole gaggle of agitated people in a hot and crowded room. It was a plea for folks to be more gentle and understanding with one another. At the time, that friend and I were on different sides, seeing things from different directions; and may be that today we still do not fully agree. Read More >>

A Diverse Community

We are a community of individuals and families of many sorts. We practice a faith without dogma or creed, for we believe that we need not think alike to love alike. We affirm the dignity and worth of all people and know that each of us has a piece of the truth. By coming together to learn from each other, we become wiser, and stronger.

Some of us are gay and some of us are straight. Some of us are old and some of us are young. Some of us are partnered and some of us are single. We are Humanists, Christians, Atheists, Agnostics, Pagans, Buddhists and Jews, among other things. As a congregation, we are dedicated to the proposition that beyond all our differences, and beneath all our diversity, there is a unity which makes us one. Bound together by that unity, our diversity enriches the life we share, and gives us strength for the work we have to do together.


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225 Cabot St

Beverly, MA 01915


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